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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Review: Little Creeping Things by Chelsea Ichaso

Little Creeping Things
by Chelsea Ichaso

Thank you Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for this copy!

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publish Date: June 2, 2020
Kindle Edition
336 Pages
Genres: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery

As a child, Cassidy Pratt accidentally started a fire that killed her neighbor. At least, that's what she's been told. She can't remember anything from that day. She's pretty sure she didn't mean to do it. She's a victim too. But her town's bullies, particularly the cruel and beautiful Melody Davenport, have never let her live it down. In Melody's eyes, Cassidy is a murderer and always will be.

When Cassidy overhears what sounded like an abduction and Melody goes missing, Cassidy knows she should go to the cops, but... She recently joked about how much she'd like to get rid of Melody. She even planned out the perfect way to do it. It's up to Cassidy to figure out what really happened, because if she comes forward without a suspect, she knows people will point fingers at her. Again. And she can't let that happen.

But the truth behind Melody's disappearance will set the whole town ablaze.

My Review:

First off, this cover!  I love it... and I HATE dolls.  I have an ever living fear of dolls.  When I was a kid I decapitated all my barbies and threw their heads and bodies away in trash cans blocks away from each other.  Not sure my parents letting me watch all those scary movies at such a young age was the greatest of ideas (but I'm oh so happy that they did!)  So of course, this cover drew me right in.  "I'm so glad we're in this together."  BUT, man I expected something MUCH creepier out of this read!  

As a debut novel, I give lots of props to Ichaso.  She has an absolute unreliable narrator, tons of red herrings and a puzzle of a mystery.  I did have some issues.  I would've liked some more background as to the why on a few things.  I would've liked to have seen a little more depth in Melody's experiences.  What I did really like though, was the ease of the read - I really had no clue as to who the killer was right up until the end and, like Melody, I was pulled in so many directions! Maybe it was her all along.  Maybe it was this or that person!  WHO IS CRAZY HERE?  You'll have to read to find out.  And when you're in a teenager's head, what really makes sense anyways? 😉 (But also, do high schoolers drink coffee now? I feel so old! 🤣)

This author definitely has a lot of talent.  I'll be keeping an eye out for her next book as I'm intrigued with what she'll be bringing us next and I can only see great things.


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