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by Liselle Sambury Release Date: February 28, 2023 Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books Genre: Horror, Ghost Story, Thriller
The Haunting of Hill House meets Sadie in this evocative and mind-bending psychological thriller following two teen girls navigating the treacherous past of a mysterious mansion ten years apart.
Daisy sees dead people—something impossible to forget in bustling, ghost-packed Toronto. She usually manages to deal with her unwanted ability, but she’s completely unprepared to be dumped by her boyfriend. So when her mother inherits a secluded mansion in northern Ontario where she spent her childhood summers, Daisy jumps at the chance to escape. But the house is nothing like Daisy expects, and she begins to realize that her experience with the supernatural might be no match for her mother’s secrets, nor what lurks within these walls…
A decade later, Brittney is desperate to get out from under the thumb of her abusive mother, a bestselling author who claims her stay at “Miracle Mansion” allowed her to see the error of her ways. But Brittney knows that’s nothing but a sham. She decides the new season of her popular Haunted web series will uncover what happened to a young Black girl in the mansion ten years prior and finally expose her mother’s lies. But as she gets more wrapped up in the investigation, she’ll have to decide: if she can only bring one story to light, which one matters most—Daisy’s or her own?
As Brittney investigates the mansion in the present, Daisy’s story runs parallel in the past, both timelines propelling the girls to face the most dangerous monsters of all: those that hide in plain sight.
I give DELICIOUS MONSTERS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐!
A ghost story is always more than just a haunting or discovery of the unknown after death. It’s a reveal of deeper, darker, and underlying issues. A wrong that was so terrible, that really there is no way to move on and let it just go away. In DELICIOUS MONSTERS Liselle Sambury does a wonderful job of creating this type of story. But what sets this book apart from other ghost stories is who the true monster really is, which isn’t who we always suspect. But what I like best about this story is it reveals how monsters make monsters.
The story begins with Daisy who can see ghosts and this mysterious cloud of questions that hangs over her head about her mother and herself. She is critical of herself and is struggling with her purpose in life. Sambury has you caring and rooting for Daisy within the first few pages. Next, you meet Brittany 10 years later, who is also in a similar situation with her mother and who's trying to regain her own identity separate from her mother’s. These two complex characters and their mothers take you on a roller coaster of emotion. And through all this, there is "The house" and the secrets within.
If you're a fan of The Haunting of Hill House, Sadie, and The Lovely Bones then you found your next great read! I couldn’t put down this book. I stayed up late with each page wondering where the author would lead me next. Excellent writing and themes of friendship, being a person of color, mental illness, complex mother-daughter relationships, overcoming abuse, and learning to forgive yourself.
About the author:
Liselle Sambury is the Trinidadian-Canadian author of the Governor General’s Literary Awards Finalist, Blood Like Magic. Her work spans multiple genres, from fantasy to sci-fi, horror, and more. In her free time, she shares helpful tips for upcoming writers and details of her publishing journey through a YouTube channel dedicated to demystifying the sometimes complicated business of being an author.