I received a gifted galley of CACKLE by Rachel Harrison for an honest review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review! I had been tempted by this costume for Kylee, but when I found out I was reading this book with that cover, spider Kylee clearly had to happen!
Publication Date: 10/5/2021
Rating: 4 / 5
CACKLE begins with Annie at a low point in her life. Her long time boyfriend doesn’t see a future with her. She’s out celebrating her birthday with a coworker and the psychic they visit can only see darkness around her instead of a future. Annie is setting out to start over in a new place with a new job, but she isn’t expecting much from it.
It turns out her new home town is full of very friendly people, though her new job is at a school where the people really aren’t. She’s still questioning her life when she meets Sophie, a woman who instantly draws her in as a friend and frequent companion. Sophie encourages her to leave her boyfriend behind an embrace a new life. But there’s something different about Sophie and about the way people act toward her. Is Sophie the friend she seems or is there something else afoot?
This was such a fun read! The coffee shop, the food vendors, and the wine shop definitely make me want to visit! The spider infestation might have made me wary, but Annie seemed okay with it. This might not be the best book for the truly spider averse, but I wound up mostly charmed by the spiders by the end (though I’m still not sure I’d want them in my home).
I was very unsure about Sophie and her motives throughout the book, but she was fascinating to read about and she made for some interesting discussions in our buddy read groups. Annie was a struggle because you had to feel bad for her, but also could be easily frustrated by some of her choices as well.
This book brought a few creepy moments, but I think it would be perfect who want a bit of seasonal reading without the big scares! CACKLE is out today!