Hello hello and welcome or welcome back to my little bookish corner of the internet. Today is my stop on The Write Reads blog tour for Wicked Little Deeds, or Burden Falls if you’re in the US, which is publishing this week! Although I’m sharing this in August, I read this book way back when I first had access to it in July! I was so excited to read it as I love a young adult thriller, and I absolutely was not disappointed.
From its creepy town mascot to the story of its cursed waterfall, Burden Falls is a small town dripping with superstition. Ava Thorn knows this well – since the horrific accident she witnessed a year ago, she’s been plagued by nightmares.
But when someone close to her is brutally murdered and Ava is the primary suspect, she starts to wonder if the legends surrounding the town are more fact than fiction.
Whatever secrets Burden Falls is hiding, there’s a killer on the loose, and they have a vendetta against the Thorns…
I absolutely loved this book. I’m a big fan of young adult thrillers; they are probably some of my favourite books, and a twisty turny one where there’s the possibility of the paranormal but the body count starts regardless? I’m. So. In.
Ava as a character is likeable in how complicated her relationship with herself is, and how that reflects outwards to the dynamics she has with those around her. She has two close girlfriends, but her closest friend, Ford, treats her like rubbish, justifying his trashy behaviour in really awful ways to undermine her judgements about him, and always persuading her to laugh it off – until it reaches the point he does something so bad, she doesn’t know if she can ever forgive him.
All the while the police are zooming in on Ava as a prime suspect for the murders, especially as they start around the anniversary of the car crash that injured her and killed her parents. And Ava is seeing things, everywhere she goes; Dead Eyed Sadie can’t possible be real… can she?
This was a great read, I read it over the course of a weekend and barely put it down (only to have a power nap, because I’m a proper grown up), jumping every time some noise happened outside or someone even said my name. Well constructed, well paced, and well spooky, this is a must read this summer.
Kat Ellis is a young adult author whose novels include Wicked Little Deeds/Burden Falls (August 2021), Harrow Lake (July 2020), Purge (September 2016), Breaker (May 2016), and Blackfin Sky (May 2014). She is a fan of all things horror and sci-fi, and a keen explorer of ruins, castles and cemeteries – all of which are plentiful in North Wales, where Kat lives with her husband.
You can find out more about Kat at www.katelliswrites.com or connect with her on social media.
Thank you to The Write Reads and to Penguin for allowing me to well and truly spook myself out, it is very much appreciated, and I can’t wait to do it again soon.