Freshly dropped out of college and desperate to forget about why, twin brothers and amateur necromancers Maverick and August are scraping their way through the backwaters of the Deep South in search of superstitions to prey upon and grief to exploit. Armed with a stolen pile of old letters, an inescapable sense of foreboding, and an ominous, thinly-veiled warning about the very people they've been trying so hard to hide from, they decide to further investigate their family history after an otherwise unremarkable Raising goes drastically, eerily wrong - a choice that leads them to a big, abandoned house in the middle of the woods that's not nearly as forgotten, as mundane, or as empty as it should be.
Andrea Anderson was born and raised in the part of Southern California that people were really, really interested in making TV shows about in the early-mid 2000’s, and roughly ten years after leaving still can’t decide if she misses it or not. Currently, she lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and children, as well as several cats, a dog, some deer, and the actual, literal bear who occasionally shows up to eat the wild blackberries in the backyard. She’s fine. It’s fine. Her hobbies include talking about all the writing she should be doing but probably isn’t, scrolling through the #momofboys tag on Twitter to make herself feel better, and sports.
I really liked the story overall, but at points I felt lost and couldn't really follow all the events that had already happened. AA is a very talented writer that really captivates you in any story she's involved with. I would definitely recommend reading.
OKAY, WOW. just reread this a week (?) ago and was SHOCKED and HORRIFIED that i didn't post a review the first time because THIS!! STORY?? IS!! AMAZING!! absolutely perfect for getting into the spooky autumn spirit. as always anderson's prose is beautiful and lingering, and you can almost taste the air outside of the old house. 10/10, can't wait for light as a feather!