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Small Angels

By: Lauren Owen
Narrated by: Daphne Kouma,Tamsin Kennard,Rebecca Lee,Eleanor Yates
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Publisher's Summary

In a hypnotic tale of sisterhood, first love, and hauntings, a wedding in a small English village stirs up unsettling magic and forces a troubled family’s secrets out into the open.

“A twisting gothic tale of darkness, intrigue, heartbreak, and revenge.”—Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne

The woods are stirring again. . . .  

Lucia and her sisters grew up on the edge of Mockbeggar Woods. They knew it well—its danger, but also its beauty. As a lonely teenager, Kate was drawn to these sisters, who were unlike anyone she’d ever met. But when they brought her into the woods, something dark was awakened, and Kate has never been able to escape the terrible truth of what happened there. 

Chloe has been planning her dream wedding for months. She has the dress, the flowers, and the perfect venue: Small Angels, a charming old church set alongside dense, green woods in the village that her fiancé, Sam, and his sister, Kate, grew up in. But days before the ceremony, Chloe starts to learn of unsettling stories about Small Angels and Mockbeggar Woods. And worse, she begins to see, smell, and hear things that couldn’t possibly be real. 

Now, Kate is returning home for the first time in years—for Sam and Chloe’s wedding. But the woods are stirring again, and Kate must reconnect with Lucia, her first love, to protect Chloe, the village, and herself. An unforgettable novel about the memories that hold us back and those that show us the way forward, this is storytelling at its most magical. Enter Small Angels, if you dare.

©2022 Lauren Owen (P)2022 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“With a flair for dramatic atmospherics, Owen offers a creepy, richly detailed [tale] . . . The characters engage and provoke readers in the best of ways. Fans of small-town horror should check this out.”—Publishers Weekly

Small Angels is beautiful in every way—atmospheric, eerie, elegantly written. An intricately woven tale of characters haunted by love and pain, revenge and courage. It is a stunning book, perfect for lovers of folklore and gothic fiction.”—Elizabeth Lee, author of Cunning Women 

Small Angels skillfully draws the reader into a twisting gothic tale of darkness, intrigue, heartbreak, and revenge. It simmers with menace and ancient fury, shot through with sorrow, compassion, and hope. Gorgeously atmospheric and gripping!”—Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne  

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Dark and poetic

This book will be one that stays with me. somewhat for the story and message within but more for how it made me feel as I listened and became swept up in it. Absolutly stunning experience.

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Decent Story, But Too Long. Dull Narrator.

This story could have been so much better if the author had just focused on the base ghost story (which was good) and left out the entire wedding subplot and lesbian love story. It was just too long. I appreciate the author's gift for description but it really became tedious and repetitive after a point. Also, I really did not care for the narrator at all. There are 4 narrators listed in the description which I don't understand because clearly I was listening to the same breathy, monotonous voice the entire 12+ hours. It was difficult to tell which character I was supposed to be hearing because there was so little variation in the voice. I found myself glad when it was over so that I could finally move on to something else.

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Captivating, Haunting

What a good choice for a long auto trip. The performance was excellent, adding a haunting quality to the excellent writing. As far as the story goes, I could see how it could be considered drawn out or repetitive in the printed version since many events are told through different pov.

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Outstanding Ghost Story

Wonderful story, with well-written chilling moments, a mystery that unfolds slowly, and outstanding narration. Highly recommend.

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New favorite

This was incredibly done! I did hear sections that sounded like a piece of audio was spliced in and it ruined the mood a few times. not sure if it was my phone or the company so I'm not taking away any stars for that. other than that I absolutely loved it!

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I wanted so badly to love this book! It just never clicked for me.

I wanted so badly to love this book! It just never clicked for me. Individually, all my favorite components were there: historical gothic tale, creepy haunted woods, weird church, it even had a surprise lesbian love story twist! I couldn’t have asked for a more interesting book! Except…it wasn’t :( The storyline was hard to follow, as it continuously switched characters while maintaining first person point of view, though failing to tell you whose POV you were seeing the story from at times. It was somewhat of a guessing game at times trying to determine which character I was seeing the world as. The person reading probably could have done a better job distinguishing her voice between the two, but this is one that would have benefited from multiple readers so each character had their unique voice. It was definitely a roller coaster but without a real climax or falling action moments, instead having small peaks and valleys along the way. The story could have ended long before it did, or could have done without some of the details in between. For me, it was too long of a book to not be sucked into- but I’m no quitter! I stuck it out and remained hopeful, but was disappointed in the end. Also, wtf is up with Harry? What a creep.

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Terrible, boring, hard to follow

Worst book I’ve read this year. There is no character development even though the characters stories span 10-15 years, everything is long winded, and there isn’t a twist. This book is beyond boring and dull. I listened at x1.5 to get through it. I wish I could get the hours I spent listening to it back.

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Best engaging storytelling at its darkest!

This book will capture you and hold you hostage! Dark, amazing, and magical storytelling that I haven't heard in years! This story is unlike any other story out there. I want more of it.