Title: House of Salt and Sorrows
Author: Erin A. Craig
My rating: ★★★★
Synopsis via Goodreads:
In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.
Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.
Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?
When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next
House of Salt and Sorrows was one of my most anticipated release of 2019. After reading the synopsis, I knew this book would be right up my alley. I am happy to say that this was everything I wanted it to be plus more! It definitely did not disappoint.
This book follows Annaleigh who’s had four sisters die, each death more tragic than the last. There are whispers that her family is cursed by the gods. After seeing disturbing ghostly visions, Annaleigh believes the deaths weren’t an accident. She goes on a mission to uncover truth.
First things first, HOSAS is a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses . I was actually not aware of that for a very long time so I thought I’d mention it. I’m not at all familiar with the original work so I can’t tell you if this is a good retelling or if it is very loose retelling. What I can say though is that this story stands on its own. You do not have to know anything about The Twelve Dancing Princesses to understand this book.
Y’all, Erin A. Craig can only go up from here. This is her debut novel and wow, what a wonderful story it was! I had such a great time reading House of Salt and Sorrows. I absolutely loved Craig’s writing. It was beautiful, descriptive and so atmospheric. I was drawn in from the very first page. This book is a perfect mix fantasy, mystery and horror!
Here’s a little fact about me, I don’t get scared very often. I can watch countless scary movies and be fine. But y’all this book scared the bejesus out of me. The way the author describes certain ghostly scenes completely freaked me out. I was reading this at home alone at 1:30 in the morning so that probably had something to do with it, but still. I haven’t been spooked that much by a book in a very long time.
I really loved the main character Annaleigh. She was determined, fierce and so protective. Her family means the absolute world to her. She would do anything and everything for them. I loved her relationship with each of her sisters. It truly broke my heart to see the pain that they ALL went through throughout the story. It gets extremely dark for them at times, but they always stuck together.
This felt very much like a murder mystery and I was all about it. In the beginning I really thought this book was going to be super predictable. I thought I knew who the murder was, but ummmm no I was wrong… like way way wrong. The road to finding the truth was a complete mind game. Just like Annaleigh, you have no idea what is real or what is fake. It was very confusing at times but so interesting at the same time. Needless to say all the twists and turns lead to some crazy reveals.
The only reason I couldn’t give this book a full five stars was because of the romance. If you have followed any of my reviews, then you will probably know that I am not a huge fan of the instalove trope and this book has it. Was the romance terrible? Absolutely not! It just wasn’t my favorite.
Overall I really enjoyed House of Salt and Sorrows! It was dark, creepy and mysterious. It would be the perfect book to read during the fall season. I cant wait to see what Erin A. Craig does in the future!