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From its creepy town mascot to the story of its cursed waterfall, Burden Falls is a small town dripping with superstition. Ava Thorn knows this well – since the horrific accident she witnessed a year ago, she’s been plagued by nightmares.
But when her school nemesis is brutally murdered and Ava is the primary suspect, she starts to wonder if the legends surrounding the town are more fact than fiction.
Whatever secrets Burden Falls is hiding, there’s a killer on the loose, and they have a vendetta against the Thorns…
Kat Ellis has once again written a hauntingly brilliant story of family feuds, dark secrets and local legends. It pulls you in from the first line and has you on the edge of your seat the entire time you are reading.
Wicked Little Deeds is set in ‘Burden Falls’ which is a creepy town full of secrets, mysteries and horrifying urban legends. Dead-Eyed Sadie scared me so much that I did not look out of my window after it turned dark for a couple of days because I was worried she’d be there.
The atmosphere that this story sets is incredible. The tension in this novel felt higher to be than in Kat Ellis’ previous novel Harrow Lake. You can feel the tension building alongside your rising heartrate especially in certain scenes where you do not know what or who to believe. This book would definitely translate well into a film because the imagery is already there in the descriptions and how the writing makes you feel. I think it would make the perfect horror film that would make you think and scare you out your wits.
Ava is a character that I was not so sure on at first. I disliked her but I was excited to know more about her and her story as she was an intriguing character. As I learnt more about her and her struggles I began to feel for her and want to know more about her and help her through everything she is facing. Readers will definitely feel for her as she tries to navigate through her issues, work out who to trust and what is real and what is a trick. I enjoyed the secondary character in this book and all that they add to the story. It was a lot of fun to work out who to trust or not. There is a romance storyline in this book that although I felt unnecessary for the story as a whole did add something light to the book and it gave me the chance to calm down after tense sections.
Kat Ellis is an extraordinary writer who I am excited to read more of in the future. If you have yet to read anything by her I would highly recommend her books!
Overall, I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for an intriguing psychological horror story to read. Give this one a read (but not in the dark)!
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