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A dark, twisty modern fairytale where three sisters discover they are not exactly all that they seem and evil things really do go bump in the night.

Iris Hollow and her two older sisters are unquestionably strange. Ever since they disappeared on a suburban street in Scotland as children only to return a month a later with no memory of what happened to them, odd, eerie occurrences seem to follow in their wake. And they're changing. First, their dark hair turned white. Then, their blue eyes slowly turned black. They have insatiable appetites yet never gain weight. People find them disturbingly intoxicating, unbearably beautiful, and inexplicably dangerous.

But now, 10 years later, 17-year-old Iris Hollow is doing all she can to fit in and graduate high school on time - something her two famously glamourous globe-trotting older sisters, Grey and Vivi, never managed to do. But when Grey goes missing without a trace, leaving behind bizarre clues as to what might have happened, Iris and Vivi are left to trace her last few days. They aren't the only ones looking for her though. As they brush against the supernatural they realize that the story they've been told about their past is unraveling and the world that returned them seemingly unharmed 10 years ago, might just be calling them home. 

©2021 Krystal M. Sutherland (P)2021 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

A 2022 Texas Tayshas Reading List pick

A 2021 New York Public Library Best Book pick 

“Stepping nimbly among the liminal spaces and eerie real-world haunts of our heroine’s cipher-sister, this haunting modern fairy tale will wrap you up like a glittering fog, before going for your throat.” (Melissa Albert, New York Times best-selling author of The Hazel Wood

“Sutherland keeps this haunting, contemporary fairy tale poised on the edge of gorgeous and gruesome, with visceral descriptions of sensual yet menacing magic hidden in the everyday.... Hand this to your Nova Ren Suma and Melissa Albert fans.” (Booklist, starred review) 

“This is slow-burn horror with imagery steeped in the senses...and Sutherland maximizes tension by playing into familiar tropes and then tearing away from them.... The ending manages to be both horrific and heartbreaking...[with a] lingering chill.” (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review) 

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So, SO good!

I could not turn this book off, for anything, once I started. it was very different but in the BEST way. Just enough mystery, suspense and humor mixed in. I can usually guess the ending by the middle of the book, but not with this one. I wish I could wipe it from my memory and reread it just to experience it again, for the first time.

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Absolutely haunting

Narrator was great it was as if she wasn’t reading it off the book and I watching the actual movie. The writing is exquisite it was so dark and haunting. So peculiar. I loved this!

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Creepy

A different take on what lurks in the shadows. The narration is essential to this story.

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Gothic Goodness

Excellent storytelling… I will dream of this book for years, I believe. As all good gothic tales, a story of human resilience in the face of darkness. Beautiful blend of fables from the world over and how these things infiltrate our subconscious. What a hauntingly beautiful modern gothic novel. I loved her writing style, the narrator’s lilt and acting style which both gave me goosebumps and the authors ability to slowly raise her characters to their utmost potential. This novel was simply stunning.

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OMG OMG

I literally picked this up because i was at target and they were playing a book trailer on the TVs for it. Had no idea what I was signing up for. HOLY COW!!! My jaw dropped and I honestly had no idea where this story was going on the best way possible 🤣

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Eerily Entertaining

Don't know how I stumbled across this book as an option but I was unbelievably and frightfully surprised with the twists. The story of the Holllow sisters and thier strange disappearce and then reappearance so many years ago is a mystery that keeps feeding throughout the book. It is rooted in cultural folklore but shifted and shaped distinctly so that it's managed to avoid feeling dated or overly used. The author did a great job with detailed descriptions and character development that made my skin crawl but also made me curious enough to envision with delight. I can easily picture a series continuing but if it doesn't happen, well I'm happy with where it ended. My imagination has been sparked!

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Short but a great listen!

I’m so use to listening to books that take me weeks to get through. I got through this one fairly quickly but I did enjoy it through out! Hope there’s more just to see where it goes.

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Good, not great.

This definitely feels more young adult than adult. I often find myself really enjoying YA, even as an adult, but there was something about this writing/narration that felt extra juvenile. Love the atmospheric feel of the story, but overall I found it predictable. The narrator had a lovely voice so if you want any easy listen give it a try.

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Entertaining if you like blood

I liked the basis of the story but it dragged on and all the blood stuff got to be a bit much. I am sure there is going to be a sequel so we shall see where the author goes with the story