The town of Burden Falls drips with superstition, from rumors of its cursed waterfall to Dead-Eyed Sadie, the disturbing specter who haunts it. Ava Thorn grew up right beside the falls, and since a horrific accident killed her parents a year ago, she’s been plagued by nightmares in which Sadie comes calling—nightmares so chilling, Ava feels as if she’ll never wake up. But when someone close to Ava is brutally murdered and she’s the primary suspect, she begins to wonder if the stories might be more than legends—and if the ghost haunting her dreams might be terrifyingly real. Whatever secrets Burden Falls is hiding, there’s a killer on the loose . . . with a vendetta against the Thorns.
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The story is set in Burden Falls, a town named after its waterfall, the Thorn family have been living in Thorn Manor for many generations. The family own an apple orchard and distillery where they make their famous Thorn’s Blood Apple Sour.
Ava is the youngest Thorn and her life as she knows it is coming to an end unfortunately, she and the rest of her remaining family are forced to sell the manor and move to a smaller cottage in town to live. The story focused around Ava’s life and relationships, as she tries to decipher what is happening to her and going on around her.
It was an excellent read! It definitely had some Riverdale vibes that I picked up right from the start, with a lot of thrills and mysteries. It definitely felt like a good nostalgic teen show vibe, which is right up my street.
I really loved the plot of the story and was immediately sucked in, and ended up not being able to put the book down as I really just needed to find out what was going to happen next, the writing is fantastic in that way, that it keeps you so hooked throughout, and the story just flows so well that you truly feel immersed within the story and the setting.
There was a few times where I was genuinely shocked at what was happening, and I can truthfully say that I couldn’t guess a thing, the plot twists and story are so well put together that I couldn’t work out the mystery at all, I had a few ideas, but none of them were right, which I think is the best type of thriller to read! I loved all the guessing!
I liked the characters and the different diversities and especially the growth of Ava throughout the novel, she is a touch girl, but it’s a realistic tough. I loved watching her go through what she did, with the courage she managed to pick up. I also really liked the little bit of romance throughout, with the love interest that creeps up.
I really loved the feeling of some folklores and horror classics entertained to give that overall creepy feeling to the story.
Kat Ellis, the author is great at creating a tense and atmospheric read, I genuinely felt like the lines between the real world and the supernatural are blurred, I definitely need to check out her other books, I imagine I’d really like them!
All in all I thought this was a brilliant read, and would highly reccomend it!
Kat Ellis is a young adult author whose novels include Wicked Little Deeds/Burden Falls (August 2021), Harrow Lake (July 2020), Purge (September 2016), Breaker (May 2016), and Blackfin Sky (May 2014). She is a fan of all things horror and sci-fi, and a keen explorer of ruins, castles and cemeteries – all of which are plentiful in North Wales, where Kat lives with her husband.