If I compare it to The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – and I have to compare it to Addie LaRue – yes, the basic concept, the idea behind this book totally worked for me. It hooked me. But while I was head over heels in love with The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, my feelings for this one are lukewarm at best. Why? Because I am in love with the concept, nothing more.


Rotherweird’s setting, characters, and writing style are a magnificent mixture of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Stranger Things, and Doc Martin. It has that amazing combination of the charm of a rural British town, it has the witty, keen look at each individual character that lives in this town, and it has that mysterious vibes of somethiny otherworldly going on unnoticed. Something dangerous, something creepy- I LOVE IT.


So. I finally read this. Many thanks go out to everyone who kept recommending this one to me because reading this has been a joy. The first couple of chapters were just okay, but once Thomas Senlin entered the Parlor, this had me hooked.


One of my goals for this reading year is to read more books from five authors whose works have inspired me over the past year; V.E. Schwab among those after The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue which in my opinion was the best new release of 2020. ‚Vicious‘ had a lot I loved about ‚Addie LaRue‘, but also some weaknesses.

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