These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall

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Book: These Fleeting Shadows

Author: Kate Alice Marshall

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4/5

Diversity: Anxiety disorder charcter, queer MC, Bisexual character, gay character, Black character, sapphic romance

Recommended For…: young adult readers, horror, mystery, thriller, LGBT, generational trauma

Publication Date: August 9, 2022

Genre: YA Horror

Age Relevance: 15+ (animal gore, death, cursing, gore, violence, sexual content, racism, romance)

Explanation of Above: There is some slight animal gore shown in this book with a skeleton of a fox being dug up. There is a lot of violence, gore, and death in this read. There is some slight cursing and slight and vague sexual content. There is some racism mentioned and there is some romance.

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Pages: 336

Synopsis: Helen Vaughan doesn’t know why she and her mother left their ancestral home at Harrowstone Hall, called Harrow, or why they haven’t spoken to their extended family since. So when her grandfather dies, she’s shocked to learn that he has left everything—the house, the grounds, and the money—to her. The inheritance comes with one condition: she must stay on the grounds of Harrow for one full year, or she’ll be left with nothing.

There is more at stake than money. For as long as she can remember, Harrow has haunted Helen’s dreams—and now those dreams have become a waking nightmare. Helen knows that if she is going to survive the year, she needs to uncover the secrets of Harrow. Why is the house built like a labyrinth? What is digging the holes that appear in the woods each night?And why does the house itself seem to be making her sick?

With each twisted revelation, Helen questions what she knows about Harrow, her family, and even herself. She no longer wonders if she wants to leave…but if she can.

Review: For the most part I really liked this book. The book is a great and horrifying horror read and I loved how the book made commentary on how women/girls are often sacrificed for the success of men. The book did well to be fairly unique and it was a page turning mystery. I thought the twists and turns were well written and the book kept me on my toes for the entirety of the read. I thought the character development was well done and the world building was amazing as well, considering we’re pretty much trapped in the same house throughout the book and it’s kind of an elevator book/movie.

The only issues I had with the book are that I thought the pacing was a bit wonky in a few places. It felt like it was a little too slow in a couple of areas and a little too fast in others. I also thought that the book didn’t do a stellar job at explaining the how of the mystery. I was still a bit confused in a couple of parts of the book, but it was enough information for me to get through it.

Verdict: It was good!

Book Info:

These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall

Genre: Young Adult Horror

Publishing Date: August 9, 2022

Synopsis:

The Haunting of Hill House meets Knives Out in a bid for an inheritance that will leave Helen Vaughan either rich…or dead.

Helen Vaughan doesn’t know why she and her mother left their ancestral home at Harrowstone Hall, called Harrow, or why they haven’t spoken to their extended family since. So when her grandfather dies, she’s shocked to learn that he has left everything—the house, the grounds, and the money—to her. The inheritance comes with one condition: she must stay on the grounds of Harrow for one full year, or she’ll be left with nothing.

There is more at stake than money. For as long as she can remember, Harrow has haunted Helen’s dreams—and now those dreams have become a waking nightmare. Helen knows that if she is going to survive the year, she needs to uncover the secrets of Harrow. Why is the house built like a labyrinth? What is digging the holes that appear in the woods each night?And why does the house itself seem to be making her sick?

With each twisted revelation, Helen questions what she knows about Harrow, her family, and even herself. She no longer wonders if she wants to leave…but if she can.

Content Warning: Harm to children/death of children – non-graphic and not on the page, but prevalent in backstory & plot, Death & dying, Body horror (surreal, not gory), Violence (against MC & others), Alcoholism (not a main character), Discussion of a lobotomy performed in the 1800s

Book Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55754225-these-fleeting-shadows

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0593405110/

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IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780593405116

About the Author:

Kate Alice Marshall is the author of young adult and middle grade novels, including I AM STILL ALIVE, RULES FOR VANISHING, and THIRTEENS.

She lives outside of Seattle with her husband, two dogs named Vonnegut and Octavia, and two kids. They all conspire to keep her on her toes.

Author Links:

Website: http://katemarshallbooks.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kmarshallarts

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kmarshallarts/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17294875.Kate_Alice_Marshall

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