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Little Creeping Things

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  451 ratings  ·  211 reviews
“Chelsea Ichaso has without a doubt written the breakout thriller of the year.” —DANA MELE, author of People Like Us

A compulsively readable debut with a narrator who can’t be trusted, perfect for fans of Natasha Preston.

When she was a child, Cassidy Pratt accidentally started a fire that killed her neighbor. She's pretty sure she didn't mean to do it, and she'd give anyth
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 2nd 2020 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
OMG! Look at the disturbing cover with that terrifying doll! Some people scare of clowns and I really irritate to look at porcelain dolls! ( Of course Annabelle series didn’t help me to form a lovely relationship with them!)

So this haunted cover intrigued me even though a few last YA thrillers I’ve read a little disappointed me. And here is the interesting thing: Normally I start reading a thriller with promising beginning but at the end I lose my interest and if I don’t like it outcome, it turn
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This YA is a solid thriller that has a couple of twists and turns along the way. It has a little bit of everything you see in a YA book - teen angst, teen romance, mystery, a secret spot in the woods, bullies, small-town setting, etc.

Cassidy Pratt was told that when she was a child, she started a fire that killed her neighbor. She has no memories for that day but her town; especially the town bullies remembers. When one of her biggest tormentors, Melody goes missing, Cassidy believes she has som
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Little Creeping Things by Chelsea Ichaso is a young adult thriller with an unreliable narrator. This one would be for the fans of did she or didn’t she or one in which you just don’t know who to trust.

Cassidy Pratt is now a teenager but when she was little she had been saved from a fire that she herself had started. That moment in Cassidy’s life was forever marked in tragedy as another child died which in turn has made Cassidy an outcast among her peers.

One of the popular girls that constantly t
A good healthy 3🌟from me.

Creepy enough to keep my interest, although it’s a YA book and I’m (cough cough) a lot older!
A lot of YA thrillers have been pretty mediocre lately for me, and although this slightly lagged in the middle it was a string start and very good climax.

The characters were relatable, old and young could experience any of what goes on.
That cover. That cover though! Freaked me out!
C.G. Drews
In a word, this was...addictive. I flew through it and kind of didn't realise I'd read for an hour and half the book was gone already?! The writing is easy to be absorbed in and it felt easy to fall into rhythm with Cassidy Pratt's voice. I'm a big contemporary lover and it had a lot of normal contemporary aspects (highschool! cute best friend crushes! sibling relationships! let's get milkshakes and plan murder!...okay maybe not the last one but still). Plus it, of course, had a murder mystery t ...more
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
The synopsis (and that cover!) made this book sound so cool... unfortunately, it was pretty mediocre. I didn't particularly like or care about any of the characters. I feel like too much of the book was about how angsty the main character was, as opposed to actually building the suspense and both mysteries. It all just fell flat for me.
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

This novel has a solid premise. It might have been meant to be full of twists and turns, a heaping amount of mounting evidence, and a few leads to whoever might have been responsible for Melody's disappearance. The reality, however, is most of a novel full of teenage angst and a lead that spends most of her time either blaming herself for this disappearance, stressing over the loss
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to Sourcebooks, the author Chelsea Ichaso, and Netgalley.
This isn't my usual kind of book. I kind of had a clue from the beginning about what was up. Still, I really liked this book. A lot, really! The fire girl was my type of that age! I also had a best friend named David, and he loved me no matter what!
This book was also a palate cleanser for me. I have found that I am in love with YA books. This was a good one.
I don't read crap. At least my definition of crap! This is a go
My rating: 3.5 Stars

Thanks to a deadly accident when she was just a child, the town bully never let her forget the nightmare she survived, never failed to let her know she was blamed, but when Melody went missing, Cassidy knew she could help find her. The only problem, she also had joked about the perfect way to get rid of Melody, herself and someone may have acted on it.

LITTLE CREEPING THINGS by Chelsea Ichaso has a heroine who isn’t easily likable, doesn’t seem to want to make real friends and
Dana Mele
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Apparently I never updated my review, but my opinion is above :) Breakneck pace, twists around every corner, and a delightfully unreliable narrator who I rooted for from the first sentence. Enjoyed this one so much, and I've read it several times now! Really a treat for thriller lovers. This is a fabulous debut, not to be missed.
Jun 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, ya, 2020, netgalley
I enjoyed this book, but I didn't love it. I felt like it had potential to be really great, but just slightly missed the mark.

I found myself annoyed at the main character's decision making, though she is a teenager so maybe on some level it's more realistic. She generally doesn't know what she thinks or believes and changes her mind a lot. I also was bothered by some of the reactions of other characters. Their relationships seem to come and go.

I found the story to be interesting, except I knew
 Reading Reindeer
Wow! LITTLE CREEPING THINGS is a totally engrossing mystery which gripped me from Page One. Yes, it's YA, but let me tell you, Cass, Gideon, and others deal with issues many adults would fear to take on. The author ramps up the psychological input throughout, and continues to also view it sociologically (peer constraints, public opinion, family favoritism), and there was not a boring moment to be found.

In addition was the "CLUE" type of scrolling through villain possibilities: Is it--? Or is it
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
A must read debut that will give you the freebie jeebies. If you love suspense then this book is for you!
May 25, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I'm not going to lie, I struggled to get through this one. I don't really have a problem with unreliable or unlikable narrators but when they whine all throughout and are constantly seeing everything through their self serving pity-me glasses, that's where I tend to draw the line.

I've LOVED books with a narratives from villains, from characters I didn't like one bit. I wish this could have been the case here but it just wasn't. The plot could have at least helped the story along but honestly

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Apr 29, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 24, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Madeline Dyer
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read an early copy of this book and it's so tense and chilling. Really well written and great characters!
2.5 stars

Unreliable narrators are my favorite and I was so excited for this premise.

I sort of liked Cassidy? She means well, but jumps to conclusions and spends the entire book accusing various people of being the murderer. There are a lot of mean girls and one or two characters who deserve to be hugged. {Emily and Gideon, I’m looking at you.}

Plot wise, it was okay. Cassidy’s inner monologue of guilt did get repetitive and the constant sneaking around didn’t add the tension I was expecting. Mos
I really wanted to like this book. The premise sounded amazing. It was promising. But Cass is an insecure and selfish teen who acts like a kid. The twists and turns are incoherent. I felt like the story was going everywhere at once, it was dizzying. One good thing: I really didn't see the end coming. I don't know yet if it's a good thing or not...

Many thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for the complimentary e-copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Gayatri Saikia   | per_fictionist
An addictive and chilling YA thriller that I obviously enjoyed a lot because well, I am a sucker for YA mysteries and when there is a high school setting in it haaah considered the deal sealed! First, of all the cover is GORGEOUSLY CREEPY and I APPRECIATE IT A LOT. THANK YOU. Cassidy Pratt, known as the fire girl is most often the talk of the school for an incident that happen in her childhood and well years later she finds herself haunted by her past and in the midst of another terrifying incid ...more
Tara Tsai
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this book and AAAAAH! I was in such suspense trying to figure out what would happen by the end! The creepy atmosphere, the unreliable narrator, the hairs on my arms sticking up! A fantastic YA thriller that I'd highly suggest.
Kris - My Novelesque Life
2020; Sourcebooks Fire

Little Creeping Things has a creepy cool cover that drew me instantly to the novel. The summary was right up my alley with suspense and teenage drama. However, there was just too much petty selfish drama than fun drama. I am probably being a bit too generous with the two star rating for how I feel about this story and writing. I would HIGHLY recommend you read other reviews as this is just my opinion. Honestly, it was a difficult novel to get through. I had t
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
At age 7, Cassidy accidentally set a fire that killed her childhood friend. Through the years she has been forced to live with the tragedy. Her main source of comfort is her older brother Asher, who saved her from the fire and vows to keep her safe. When Cass masterminds a plan to kill her nemesis Melody, who then ends up dead, Cass and her best friend Gideon try to find the murderer. There are twists and turns and it’s a little far fetched, but still a good read. Thanks to NetGalley and the pub ...more
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
First off, this cover! I love it... and I HATE dolls. I have an ever living fear of dolls. When I was a kid I decapitated all my barbies and threw their heads and bodies away in trash cans blocks away from each other. Not sure my parents letting me watch all those scary movies at such a young age was the greatest of ideas (but I'm oh so happy that they did!) So of course, this cover drew me right in. "I'm so glad we're in this together." BUT, man I expected something MUCH creepier out of this re ...more
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

The cover of LITTLE CREEPING THINGS is one of my all time favorites, even though it has very little to do with the story. At age seven, Cassidy accidentally starts a fire that kills her best friend. Ten years later she’s having psychotic visions about the day she can’t remember. Then her nemesis is killed in the exact way Cass fantasized and she’s determined to find the real killer, though danger lurks around every corner of her small town.

Getting a feel for Cassidy was extremely diffic
Mandy McHugh
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read much YA in the genre since my foray into Pretty Little Liars, but the cover and blurb for Little Creeping Things sold me.

Cass is haunted by her past. Assuming the blame for a horrible fire that took the life of her best friend, scarred her brother, and almost killed her, Cass embraces the identity of Fire Girl, believing anyone who gets close to her is doomed to be burned. Unfortunately, she finds herself in a precarious situation when she overhears the murder of her sworn enemy.
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She never meant to kill anyone. She doesn't even remember setting the fire, or anything about that fateful day. But the town Cassidy Pratt lives in has never let her forget that the fire killed her neighbor. She is labeled a murderer, and has to live with it. When a local who bullies her about her past disappears, Cassidy's life is once again thrown into chaos. She had just joked about the perfect way to rid herself of Melody before the disappearance.... She can't go to the police. She will just ...more
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you, NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for an arc of this suspenseful page-turner by Chelsea Ichaso. Hooking me from Chapter One with nicknaming the main character and voice of the story "Fire Girl," I had a hard time putting this book down and stayed up way too late one evening too many to finish it. I regret nothing.

Ichaso's portrayal of high school life, of the way a nickname and identity you perhaps never wanted nor asked for yourself can follow you around like a bad, reoccurring dream w
Angela Staudt
Thank you, SourceBooks and Early Reads, for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The cover of this book is what immediately drew me in, I mean I am not a fan of dolls at all so it was extremely creepy. After reading the synopsis I was super excited to dive right into this book. I did enjoy the plot of this book and really loved the twist. Honestly, did not see the ending coming and it had me quite shook. The main character had me not loving this book, she was ve
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I received a free ARC from Netgalley for an honest review**

I couldn't put this book down. It was a very enjoyable read and kept me hooked.

As much as Cass and Gideon frustrated me sometimes, I realized that it was because they were making dumb mistakes and acting like teenagers...which they are! So, excellent characterization. Even characters we meet briefly (Emily, Melody, Laura) are pretty well fleshed-out. Cass made me smile and shake my head when she would go, "I found xyz and so ___ is gui
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