Book Review

HORRID by Katrina Leno

Rating: 3.5 / 5

I received this edition of HORRID by Katrina Leno in an Owlcrate box. One of my goals for this year (one I’m not doing so great at) is to catch up on my backlog of book box books. When I needed a book involving a secret, this seemed like a good pick!

HORRID begins with Jane and her mother Ruth moving back to Ruth’s hometown. Neither wants to be going but after Jane’s father dies unexpectedly they are left without options. The family home has been left vacant since Jane’s grandmother passed away a while back, so it is run down and more than a little creepy. Jane begins to settle into the town, finding a job at the bookstore and making friends at school. Jane is a complicated girl who struggles with her ability to control her anger.

In the house where she now lives, Jane realizes that the room her mother told her was for storage is actually a little girl’s bedroom. Jane is creeped out by the run down house and loing time where she’s sent messages she doesn’t remember sending. She’s also very curious about the locked bedroom, but her mother does not seem willing to discuss it. Jane, however, is eager to find answers.

This book delivered on the promised creepy atmosphere and it kept me hooked to see what would happen next. I did predict a few of the big twists in the story, but there were some surprises along the way. I did think that the mental health aspect (Jane’s impulse control and probable pica) could have been addressed a bit more directly by the author, but overall I enjoyed this book.

I wound up reading the book in less than 24 hours because I wanted answers as much as Jane did. I have read quite a few books in a row which leave some elements of the ending unresolved / unanswered. While I’m generally okay with that, I did want a bit more wrap up potentially for this one. To be fair, it may be that it was just the timing of reading this one while I seem to be on a streak of somewhat similar endings.

This is one that I overall liked, but didn’t entirely love.

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