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The Twisted Ones

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,887 ratings  ·  429 reviews
When a young woman clears out her deceased grandmother’s home in rural North Carolina, she finds long-hidden secrets about a strange colony of beings in the woods.

When Mouse’s dad asks her to clean out her dead grandmother's house, she says yes. After all, how bad could it be?

Answer: pretty bad. Grandma was a hoarder, and her house is stuffed with useless rubbish. That
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Gallery / Saga Press
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karen
oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for BEST HORROR 2019! what will happen?

i don’t usually dig folk horror—i find it too understated; too quaint and stylized to be entertaining, let alone scary, but this book is refreshingly modern and legit creepy. i wasn’t scared-scared, since whatever part of a person that regulates the ability to be scared by books/movies seems to be broken in me, but i can wholly appreciate effective horror atmosphere, and this is FULL of skin-crawlingly memorable
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
I am NOT generally a fan of horror novels, but I am a fan of T. Kingfisher (aka Ursula Vernon), and that was enough to convince me to give this a try. And it is seriously creepy! If I were more of a horror fan my rating would probably go up. :)

This book has a great main character, Melissa or “Mouse,” with an appealing voice and an excellent job.
I’m a freelance editor. I turn decent books into decently readable books and hopeless books into hopeless books with better grammar. It’s a living.
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Fran
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the backwoods of North Carolina stood the house of Melissa's estranged dead grandmother. Melissa aka Mouse, with her Redbone Coonhound "Bongo" in tow, arrived in her pick-up truck to clean out the house as per her father's request. Grandma,"a nasty piece of work" who was "mean as a snake" was a hoarder. The house was a virtual firetrap; storage bins piled "knee high", newspapers "piled in neatly tied stacks", and "a room of dolls, dead dolls with hyper-realistic faces peeking out from behind ...more
Allison Hurd
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fem-author, fantasy
I'm all riled up so though I should be sleeping, here is instead a review. This book is like being handed the script for "I Am Legend" and turning it into "Zombieland." It is based on horror, but it's not horror. It's at best Buffy the Musical.

CONTENT WARNING: (usually I say "just a list of topics, no actual spoilers," but these are weird content warnings. They are in and of themselves somewhat spoilers, but it is just a list.) (view spoiler)
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Racheal
In my mind I roughly categorize supernatural horror into two main groups: Babadook-style horror and Cabin in the Woods-style horror.

Babadook-style horror is the kind that starts out right off the bat with a low-grade, unceasing tension, and it usually follows one or more Very Unhappy People. You see the characters and think- do they really need to go through even more shit? Their lives already kind of suck. But the story often relies at least to some extent on the narrative mystery of "is this
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Peter
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
What a massive read! Melissa, nicknamed Mouse, is to clear out her grandmother's house. There she comes across the mentioning of a hidden (by her evil grandmother) book , The 'Green Book', owned by her step gradfather Cotgrave. While clearing the house strange things happen. Behind the house she finds a hill with uncanny carved stone and in the manuscript found white people are mentioned. Who are those 'Hollering People' and what is Melissa's role? The story is written as first person narration. ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/10/15/...

The Twisted Ones was a fun novel featuring the perfect blend of humor and horror, with the first element provided mainly in the form of the main character’s incredibly infectious voice, while the second came via the setting’s creeptastic atmosphere. You’ve got an old house in the middle of the woods, filled with decaying trash and other ghastly things like scary baby dolls. Meanwhile, the locals also know better than to
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Fiona
What a way to kick off Spooky Month - The Twisted Ones had me watching over my shoulder when I was reading it at home alone, and I loved every minute.

T. Kingfisher - or Ursula Vernon, if that's how you know her - is probably best known for her fairytale retellings or interpretations. This is my first full-length novel of hers, and what an absolute stunner. Folklore being largely an oral tradition has lent the author an incredibly readable "voice" in her writing; and she's not afraid to use that
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Rachel (Kalanadi)
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases, horror
This was scary and funny and if I hear something tapping on my window at night I will freak out.
Sheila
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 spooky stars. I really enjoyed this one!

Then I made faces like the faces on the rocks, and I twisted myself about like the twisted ones, and I lay down flat on the ground like the dead ones...

This is a retelling--or rather, a sequel--to Arthur Machen's 1904 short story, The White People. (You don't need to know anything about the original story to enjoy this novel, though. I hadn't read it when I read this novel--though I did go back and read it later.) The book alternates between dark
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Lindsay
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Mouse and her dog Bongo have come to her recently passed grandmother's house in North Carolina to clear it out and get it ready for sale. It's an enormous job because Mouse's grandmother was a hoarder. All the time in the remote house has Mouse noticing some seriously disturbing things about the woods surrounding the old house. As Mouse investigates, spurred on by a journal from her grandmother's late husband, a mysterious other world begins to intrude.

And I twisted myself about like the twisted
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Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: October 1, 2019
Genre: Horror/Fantasy

Unfortunately, this book just didn't do it for me. I love the MC because she had a great personality and a snarky attitude but I didn't care how the book felt more fantasy than horror. Sure there were a few moments that gave me the chills (especially at the beginning)

Then I made faces like the faces on the rocks, and I twisted myself about like the twisted ones, and I lay down flat on the ground like the dead ones...


but those chills didn't
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Latasha
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i added this to my TBR is June of 2019 and went on about my business. when it won a group read in November, i saw that i had marked it as to read and now was the time to read it. i didn't really remember what it was about but that's ok. OMG guys, this book!! I love Mouse and Bongo! i love how she talks to him and how much she cares about that old hound dog. I love Foxy, she's great and i could picture her exactly. The characters in this book were so realistic and easy to care about.
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Juli
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Melissa travels to Pondsboro, NC to clear out her grandmother's house after her death. Her relationship with her grandmother was complicated. The woman was mean, difficult and just....off. Turns out she was a hoarder, too. As she slowly starts to clear out the house, she finds her step-grandfather's diary and notices strange things about the surrounding woods. Weird rock carvings. Disfigured animals. Strange effigies. And the tapping sounds....always the tapping. Melissa -- Mouse to her friends ...more
Ctgt
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
You have to clean out the house of your "mean as a snake" hoarder grandmother whose place just happens to sit in an isolated area right beside a deep forest.

What could possibly go wrong?

Solid folklore horror.

8/10
Judy
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Kingfisher is a great storyteller and the story moves along drawing you into this, of course, unbelievable world. It's told in a folksy kind of voice which suits the setting of rural North Carolina perfectly. Mouse is an editor who was asked by her Dad to clean out her grandmother's house. When she gets there she realizes her grandmother is a hoarder and stuff is stacked everywhere, blocking doors and stairs and windows. This is going to be a huge job!

During the cleanup she finds her
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Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
4.5 stars - Bone Chillingly Good!...

I absolutely loved the originality in this story! It was a nice change of pace from the usual everyday horror tropes. It is somewhat of a slow burner in the beginning as the main character, Mouse, is cleaning out her deceased grandmother's house but, there were plenty of creepy encounters and suspenseful dialogue throughout this process to keep my interest piqued and my mind on full alert. I was actually over here wishing that I could help her sift through
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Roz
Oct 09, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: horror
I know I’m dnf-ing books left and right, but I’m on page 80 and the only thing that happened so far is that the MC is cleaning out her grandmother’s house.. 80 pages of that.. so scary.
Lata
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was creepy. I don't generally read horror, but I like T. Kingfisher's work a lot (both the adult fare and her children's books as Ursula Vernon) so it was a no-brainer that I'd read this book.
The story was a nicely eerie, with genuinely frightening parts. I liked the seriously weird, odd and frightening Twisted Ones, and there are scenes when Kingfisher had me thinking I'd take a break from the narrative; what kept me reading was the author's humour. The main character Mouse's narration
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Jessica Woodbury
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
3.5 stars. Southern folk horror with a smart, playful protagonist and voice.

Mouse has the dreaded job of cleaning out her grandmother's house after her death. No one really liked Grandma all that much. And Grandma was, to Mouse's dismay, a hoarder. As she gets to work cleaning out the house and seeing if it can be salvaged, she stumbles upon some unusual writings from the long-dead second husband of her grandmother that hint at some strange and supernatural things. Mouse doesn't think much of
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Gabi
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up, because I had such a blast during the first three quarters of the book.

The 'hero' team of this novel is one of the most entertaining I've encountered.

We have 'Mouse', a mid-thirty freelance editor who only wanted to clear out the house of her dead grandmother, but stumbles into a slowly creeping horror mystery. The story is told from her POV and isn't sparing with self-deprecating insights in a vivid tone (including several times addressing her vet). From the start I liked
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☾ h a d e e r ☽
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
This book is nightmare fuel. The premise is so simple - woman clears out grandmother's house and discovers weird shit - but it somehow managed to be one of the more compelling, entertaining, and unsettling books I've read all year. The narrator of this book is one of the best things about it; she's got a very witty monologue going on that turned what could have been a dreadfully boring book into a delight. Because here's the thing, this book is slow. It ratchets up the tension slowly, and for a ...more
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Saga Press. Trigger warnings: death, animal death, gore, blood, violence, rape (implied), abduction, guns, fires.

When Mouse agrees to clean out her dead grandmother’s house in rural North Carolina, she has no idea how bad it is. Her grandmother was a borderline hoarder, and the house will take weeks to clear out on her own, with no internet, a sketchy cell phone signal, and no close neighbors other than a nearby hippie commune. She
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Renee Godding
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazing-books
4/5 stars

“Everybody yells at Orpheus and Lot's wife. Put yourself in their shoes for five minutes and you'd yell a lot less, I promise you.”

It’s only thanks to the Goodreads Choice Awards that this book came to my attention, because for some reason it’s been flying under my radar since its release. Without any expectations, just hoping to have an enjoyable time, I went into this one blind. After I’d finished, despite having read 3 of its competitors in the final rounds, I had to change my vote
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Kelli
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Closer to 2.75 stars.

This book started out interesting, and the main character is pretty funny. Unfortunately it went downhill quickly, after the halfway mark. It became "silly" scary and not in a good way. I want to say this is more of a creepy read than a horror read. I laughed more than I felt frightened. If you're looking for a good scare I wouldn't recommend this one.
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
I really wanted to love The Twisted Ones but I have to admit that I struggled a bit with this one.

When Mouse’s dad asked her to clean out her grandmother’s house she never imagined the problems she would encounter. First, her grandmother was a hoarder and the place was a horrible mess. Second, there is something spooky in the woods.

While Mouse is cleaning her grandmother’s house she finds her stepgrandfather’s journal and it sounds like the rambling of an old man who may have been be on the
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Brianne Reeves
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shivers. Blankets over head creepy
Jen
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Insanely, effectively creepy. 4 solid, scary stars!
Amanda
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-read-nov
3.5 stars really creepy fast paced horror read.
Unabridged Bibliophile
Solid 4 stars. Creeped the hell out of me until around the 3/4 mark.
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T. Kingfisher is the vaguely absurd pen-name of Ursula Vernon. In another life, she writes children's books and weird comics, and has won the Hugo, Sequoyah, and Ursa Major awards, as well as a half-dozen Junior Library Guild selections.

This is the name she uses when writing things for grown-ups.

When she is not writing, she is probably out in the garden, trying to make eye contact with
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“Bongo is an excellent watchdog, by which I mean that he will watch very alertly as the serial killer breaks into the house and skins me.” 6 likes
“If dogs had religion, Satan would be the UPS guy.” 4 likes
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