House of Salt and Sorrows

- Erin A. Craig

Goodreads Book Blurb:

As one by one her beautiful sisters mysteriously die on their isolated island estate, Annaleigh must unravel the curse that haunts her family. Be careful who you dance with. . . .

Four of Annaleigh Thaumas’s eleven sisters have returned to the Salt, the brackish water that surrounds their lonely island home, their lives cut short, each more tragically than the last. Whispers throughout the Highmoor estate say the girls have been cursed by the gods.

When Annaleigh finds out that her sisters have been sneaking out to attend glittering midnight balls and dance until dawn, she’s not sure whether to stop them–or join them. And when she begins to see a series of horrific, ghostly visions and more sisters die, she realizes she must solve the mystery–with the help of Cassius, a sea captain who knows much more about her than he should–and unravel the Thaumas curse before she descends into madness or . . . it claims her next.


My Review:

almost perfect:
The Brothers Grimm are known for their collection of dark, twisted fairy tales, so when I tell you that this is an even darker version of one of their stories, you might know what you’re getting yourself into.

What seems straightforward at first gets twisted and more complex with time. By the end, I was questioning every. single. thing. I was second and triple guessing all of my preconceived notions, and every time I thought I was smarter than the story – boy, was I wrong.

I had to look up the Brothers Grimm story The Twelve Dancing Princesses that House of Salt and Sorrows is based on when writing this review. The German fairy tale is much tamer than this twisty, terrifying story in which death seems unavoidable.

I’ve done my best to write this review without any spoilers because of how much I enjoyed trying to figure out what was going on. As more variables change, you realise that everything you considered a constant is unstable. I got caught up in the story and this beautiful, deadly world, so I forgot to question the most basic facts, and I can only hope the same happens for you.

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