Lukavics, Amy. The Women in the Walls
Booklist Reviews 2016 August #1
Lucy Acostas and her cousin Margaret, both 17, live in a secluded Victorian mansion, homeschooled and parented by Lucy's distant father and Margaret's only slightly less distant mother, Penelope. For Lucy, a secret cutter, life has never been normal, but then she finds the cook's body hanging in his bedroom. A few days later, Penelope disappears, and then Margaret turns odd, thinking she's hearing voices in the walls. The addition of two new members in the household—the replacement cook, Miranda, and her teenage daughter, Vanessa—seems to add a note of normalcy. But does it? The author of the impressive Daughters unto Devils (2015) offers a story stocked with its share of grisly deaths, strange twists, and secrets upon secrets. Though there's a feeling of predictability that lessens the impact of some of the more disturbing elements, Lucy's first-person narrative moves events along with an intensity. Readers who like their horror served hot and fast will enjoy this. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Fall
Seventeen-year-old Lucy lives in her prestigious family's isolated estate, historically a site of troubling events. Recently, her aunt's disappearance and cousin's increasingly worrying behavior become overshadowed by the voices coming from the walls. This creepy, particularly bloody horror tale has some harsh language and disturbing depictions of Lucy's self-harm. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
PW Reviews 2016 July #1
In this extremely dark horror novel, 17-year-old Lucy Acosta lives on her father's palatial estate, with only her Aunt Penelope and cousin Margaret for company. Lucy's father is distant and cold, except when he throws parties for the wealthy members of the mysterious country club that abuts the Acosta estate. When Penelope disappears after walking off into the forest and Margaret begins to act strange, claiming to hear her mother's voice in the walls of the mansion, Lucy—who has been harming herself in secret for years—begins to crumble, too. After Margaret dies gruesomely, Lucy also begins to hear voices in the walls. Readers will be invested in Lucy, not least of which because of everything Lukavics (Daughters Unto Devils) throws at her—the novel features a hanging, a variety of impalements, and a dismembered and cooked human body, all described in intensely graphic detail. The story is compelling, and the mansion and its secrets are well depicted, but this ferocious story definitely isn't for the fainthearted. Ages 14–up. Agent: Joanna Volpe, New Leaf Literary & Media. (Sept.)[Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC