House of Salt & Sorrows

★★★★★/ 5

Title: House of Salt & Sorrows
Author: Erin A. Craig
Genre: Fantasy, Horror & Ghost Stories, YA
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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.

When I first picked up this book I thought it was going to be like Little Women – but by the sea and it was just so much more than that! From the get-go, Craig takes you on this windswept journey into her world where there are gods and ghosts and gossamer dresses. The story starts with the death of one of their older sisters, and from there I was captivated and sent on a voyage of suspicion, love, and imagination.

From the intricate relationship between sisters, to the beautiful homage of life by the sea, I was swept up in this magnificant world that Craig has crafted. I love a good mystery and a sign of a good book to me is when you have no idea what is going to happen next and House of Salt and Sorrow delivered. I even slowed down my reading towards the end because I wanted to savour every drop and I desperately didn’t want to leave this world.

It’s safe to say that anything Erin A. Craig comes out with next will be an instant buy for me. I was so impressed with her writing and the way she develops a plot that I can’t wait to read what she comes up with next. Do yourself a favour and add this to your TBR pile, as it is a must for anyone who loves a good ghost story, enjoyed the 12 Dancing Sisters and loves the high sea romance of the Pirates of the Carribean movies (Psst! I am one of those people!).

I received a copy of this ARC thanks to Random House in trade for a fair and honest review.