Book Review: 'Wildflowers: A Horror Novel' by Vanessa Perry
My review of Wildflowers: A Horror Novel by Vanessa Perry.
5 stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is such a gem of a book. It is at times horrific and at times heartbreaking as we follow Charlotte, the teenage protagonist, in her struggles to take care of her family after her father’s death. The horror in Wildflowers is not just paranormal. There are some genuinely creepy parts, but what I found most unsettling was the very real abuse she suffers as her mother grows increasingly distant and erratic.
Kudos to author Vanessa Perry for giving Charlotte a voice of such clarity and honesty. It brings to life her love for her sisters, as well as her mounting unhappiness and despair.
I also enjoyed how the author juxtaposes the book’s beautiful, woodsy surroundings with the dark events taking place inside Charlotte’s house. It gives the story the dreamlike feel of a Grimms’ fairy tale.
What a promising debut! I look forward to reading more from this author.
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