One by One by G.W Gillespie
Alice and her family are moving house to a fixer upper out in the countryside. The story is told from Alice’s point of view. She is a quiet, day dreaming ten year old, who falls in love with the quirky house. She alternates between being quite young for her age to having a mature perspective. In fact, reminding me very much of myself as a child. As with any family, it’s a struggle to move into a new house and the cracks are showing. Alice discovers a childish painting of a stick figure family that almost mirrors her own. That and a mysterious diary begins to tell the story of the family before. Then one by one her family start disappearing…..
This story is a creepy mystery in the depths of winter, in that shadowy period just after Christmas. The characters are likable and easy to relate to. The twist at the end took me by surprise and it could have been done so badly but this well written tale managed to keep the suspense and creep factor up. It kept me compelled and reading to the end.
4/5 Well written, spooky new house tale, some of which we’ve seen before but with a well rounded central character and peering into her psyche it was an enjoyable winter horror/thriller.
Thank you to NetGalley and Flame Tree Press for this eArc copy in exchange for an honest review.