Sisterhood of the Traveling ARC is a feature created by three best friends – Nicole of Nicole’s Novel Reads, Marci of The Plot Bunny, and myself – where we each take turns and read ONE ARC and produce THREE REVIEWS. Those reviews are posted to each respective blog on the same day, a month before the books release date. After reading this review, make sure to read Marci’s and Nicole’s, too! Today we’re all reviewing THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS by Amy Lukavics! Enjoy!
THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS by Amy Lukavics
Expected to Publish: September 27 2016 from Harlequin Teen
Goodreads Synopsis: Lucy Acosta’s mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she explored the dark hallways of the estate with her cousin, Margaret. They’re inseparable—a family.
When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she’s ever known, tragically disappears while walking in the woods surrounding their estate, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret has been spending a lot of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her dead mother’s voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin’s sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.
THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS is the second book from author, Amy Lukavics. It is a deeply disturbing and exhilarating thrill ride. My heart was racing, my hair stood on end, and my fingers were flipping pages. I was entirely engrossed and had immense difficulty putting this book down.
I’ve now read both of Amy’s novels, her first, DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS, and now THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS. I liked this one a little more than DAUGHTERS. My problem with DAUGHTERS was the dialogue did not match up with the period setting. It was too “right now” and the setting was before electricity and running water. I don’t have any problems with WOMEN IN THE WALLS.
One of the many things I love about Amy’s books is the strong family units she develops. DAUGHTERS had a pair of close-knit sisters and WOMEN has a pair of close-knit, inseparable cousins. I love the sense of closeness and platonic rapport that Amy brings to family.
THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS was a creepy story and a great mystery. I don’t think it’s one that can be solved by the reader, I think you just have to strap in and enjoy the ride of reveals. The “hook” was very strong and had me interested from the very first page. From Aunt Penelope’s disappearance, I wanted so badly to know what was going on. Especially since the mystery delve so much deeper with plenty of creepy twists. There were some places where Amy took me by complete surprise and I audibly gasped. The ending was absolutely brilliant! My mind was blown!
I deeply loved THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS. I don’t easily give out five star ratings, so when you see a five-star from me, you know it’s something special. I highly suggest this read to all horror-enthusiasts! If you scare easy or have a trigger warning of self-abuse, I would skip this title. There are intense scenes of terror, a considerable amount of graphic gore, and some self-harming scenes.
Ever since she was little, Amy was especially intrigued by horror books and movies. Raised in a small mountain town in Arizona, she sustained herself on a steady diet of Goosebumps, Fear Street, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books before discovering Stephen King in her mother’s bookshelf.
Amy lives with her husband, their two precious squidlings, and an old gentleman cat by the name of Frodo. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, crafting, and playing games across many platforms.
Thanks so much for reading! I hope you’ll pick up Women in the Walls this Halloween!