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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  10,379 ratings  ·  2,675 reviews
From the author of You Must Not Miss comes a haunting contemporary horror novel that explores themes of mental illness, rage, and grief, twisted with spine-chilling elements of Stephen King and Agatha Christie.

Following her father's death, Jane North-Robinson and her mom move from sunny California to the dreary, dilapidated old house in Maine where her mother grew up. All
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Oct 28, 2020 rated it liked it
i would eat this book

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"Three little girls all eating things they weren’t supposed to eat. Three little girls all eating things in order to fill their bodies with something other than the anger, the rage, that would otherwise consume them."

I have loved Katrina’s books for so long and each of them are equal parts whimsically beautiful and intensely raw. From Summer of Salt and You Must Not Miss are still my fav
daph pink ♡
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it

It’s been a while since I have read a good y/a horror mystery and the I would be lying if I didn’t say that the main two reasons that I was drawn to this book was because ,

1.That deliciously creepy cover, this cover has definitely made it into my best covers list for 2020.

2. For my everlasting love for Agatha Christie references, and ohh boy this book was full of them!
And I got added bonus of Small town mysteries, mother-daughter relationship, siblings
Miranda Reads
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
After her Dad's unexpected passing, Jane and her mom, Ruth, are forced to leave their California home behind and move to Ruth's home-state of Maine.

Due to money troubles, Ruth wouldn't be able to keep them in their long-time family home, but she did recently inherit the house she grew up in. It may be on the other coast, but it's paid in full. Problem solved, so off they go.

While it's not ideal, Jane seems to be handling it all fairly well. Maybe it is due to the numbness she feels about her Dad
The two best things that any character can be are, in my opinion, the following:
- villainous
- a complicated girl

This book about acts of pure wickedness and the young ladies who do them fits so well into those parameters I wouldn't be surprised if it were designed for them, my dear boy.

Add to that the fact that Katrina Leno's writing makes me feel like I am having a summer day during which I have no plans but might see my friends later but no pressure - in other words, in a state of bliss - and I
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, horror
this was so creepy and very fucked up, exactly what i want when i read a horror book
if you are a fan of rory power i think you will really like this
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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*Buddy Read With Ladies Horror Fiction

There was a little girl
Who had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead.

And when she was good,
She was very, very good,
But when she was bad, she was horrid.

-A nursery rhyme adapted from
the poem, "There Was a Little Girl"
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

That was. I mean. I don’t even know what
Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Melanie
4-4.5 stars

Here's the thing, folks: if you're looking for a super scary tale for fall, this probably ain't it. Personally, I like to read atmospheric, spooky novels at night during the fall, but if it's too scary I can't read it before bed. I am who I am. However, if you like a mild to moderate creep level in your fall reads, with a heavy focus on grief, trauma, and mental health, you've come to the right place.


At first glance, Horrid has the typical traits of your average horror novel-a creepy
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, 2020-releases
"There was a little girl who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead. And when she was good, she was very very good, but when she was bad, she was horrid."

The story follows Jane North Robinson and her mother Ruth as they settle to their new house in Bells Hollow, Maine. Called as the North Manor but dubbed by the townspeople as 'creep house.' Ruth's old family home and this is the first time Jane knew such house existed. For 17 years, Jane didn't know that her mother ha
Angela Staudt
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
I am quite disappointed in Horrid. I mean with a stunning cover like this, I was so excited to read a horror book. Honestly, this book felt 85% contemporary and 15% horror. I didn’t particularly like any of the characters and I felt that every character was very underdeveloped.

Jane, the main character, has a lot going on in her life. Her father just died, she found out her and her mom are broke, and they have to move back to where her mother used to live in Maine. The house her mother grew up in
C.G. Drews
This was compelling and a lot creepier than I anticipated! It's fairly different from the other Leno books I've read (which it's nice to see authors explore other genres!) with definitely a focus on the creep factor, not really on mental health. The ending sort of took me by the throat and threw me off the cliff. I am still asking why. A subtle and slowly crawling, chilling horror that takes place in October and Halloween! (And always refreshing to read a YA with no romance.) ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I absolutely adored this. Katrina Leno has become an auto-read author for me, especially if she keeps writing these bizarre, terrifying stories with messed up characters. Jane is such an interesting protagonist and I found her incredibly easy to empathize with, which made the stakes in this story feel so much higher. I can safely say Horrid was the first YA horror novel to ever give me legitimate chills, and it did so several times! Leno has this way with creating such a thick atmosphere that I ...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
cw: death of a loved one, strained mother/daughter relationships, animal abuse, suicide
Katrina Leno
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I should have given this book 5 stars MONTHS ago; I am really behind on my self praise.
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
Though very baseline with not a lot of texture to it, it was enjoyable and a quick read. Also boyfriend and I guessed the main plot twist before I even started the book so there’s the predictability for you. (Maybe don’t read the synopsis)
Amy Imogene Reads
This had a lot of atmosphere going for it but ultimately left me bored, confused, and feeling shortchanged.

Concept: ★★★★
Plot: ★★
Pacing: ★★ 1/2
Atmosphere: ★★★ 1/2

Jane is not happy. There's a lot of reasons to be unhappy, honestly. Her father died unexpectedly from a heart attack, leaving her mother to find out that he'd wasted all their money on a bad startup. Then Jane's mother says they're leaving their lifelong home of California and moving to rural Maine. Then they arrive, and Jane discovers
rachel ☾
if you love Wilder Girls or Kate Alice Marshall, preorder this now

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Oct 14, 2020 rated it did not like it

What's this?

I'm more scared of an episode for Scooby-Doo! (my favorite animated series that I still watch to this day, haha 🤣) than this book.
May 28, 2021 rated it liked it
3.75 stars! Would’ve been four but the ending was too rushed for me 3
Lea (drumsofautumn)

“She imagined the words dissolving off the paper and sinking into her bloodstream. She imagined her body filled with words. Made up of them. Words instead of blood, words instead of organs.”

I read this entire book in a day and stayed up until 4am to finish it which I haven't done in so, so long. This was so compelling and truly one of the most exciting and enjoyable reading experiences I've had in a while. But something about the actual plot and especially the ending did give me a fe
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, ya-horror
Do not begin reading this book unless you have time to read it in one sitting, unless you want to spend all of the intervening time thinking about the story and feeling desperate to get back into it. You've been forewarned! I've read every single book Katrina Leno has written, so I'm not at all surprised (but still very pleased) to say that I LOVED HORRID so so much! It was creepy (suuuuuch a well written haunted house) and riveting and incredibly suspenseful. It has Katrina Leno's usual brand o ...more
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
WOW, That was extra f*ucked up and I totally dug it.

Katrina Leno writing a YA horror novel? Is it my birthday or something?!? This might have been my most anticipated this year, it was certainly in the my top five.  Katrina is an author that I've come to completely adore and this is no exception to the rule.  The book was creepy, atmospheric and f*cked up as hell.  My brand completely.

Can we start off by just loving on the cover that is this book? It's perfection, it's so creepy and weird and br
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
For all of the praise that I've coincidentally seen about this author lately, I hoped for and expected more of a punch from this novel. But the reality was lackluster and the execution weak. The idea is intriguing, the setting held promise, but the cast of characters--and, often, the dialogue--failed to deliver for me. ...more
Irena BookDustMagic
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review to come.
Claude's Bookzone
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Well that was a deeply unsettling novel.

I keep starting sentences and then deleting them.

It was a very atmospheric novel that crept into my bones and nudged
The build up was amazing and this book was very creepy, but unfortunately that build up went to waste. This book was crazy, and I mean that both in a good and bad way. I really can't believe the author had the audacity to end it like *that*. Yet the ending didn't even feel like an ending, it was so abrupt. Horrid was completely unsatisfactory.

~ 3 stars
Erin A. Craig
Sep 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
So many goosebumps!!!
Jennie Damron
Apr 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
O! M! G!
What the hell did I just read? The ending I mean what the actual fuck?! Sorry, but wow!
Ok no spoilers cause I hate them. This book was so good! The atmosphere alone was incredible. There was a Gothic feel, but I wouldn't necessarily say it's Gothic. Horror, absolutely. The imagery with each creepy scene was done so well. It felt like I was there feeling the same things Jane was feeling.
Jane and her Mom Ruth move back to Maine after Jane's Father dies of a heart attack. Moving from Cal
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, young-adult
3.5 Stars
This was an atmospheric piece of young adult fiction with some pretty spooky imagery. While it followed many of the tropes of horror (specifically YA horror), I did not mind them. In fact, this book did an excellent job of helping me to appreciate a subgenre of horror that I usually don't enjoy. Considering all the buildup and suspense, I thought the ending was a bit of a letdown. It just felt muddled, trying to tie together too many threads of the story. Regardless, I did enjoy the ove
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