Fiction, Horror

Kayla reviews NOTHING BUT BLACKENED TEETH

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Summary provided by #Netgalley:

A Heian-era mansion stands abandoned, its foundations resting on the bones of a bride and its walls packed with the remains of the girls sacrificed to keep her company.

It’s the perfect venue for a group of thrill-seeking friends, brought back together to celebrate a wedding.

A night of food, drinks, and games quickly spirals into a nightmare as secrets get dragged out and relationships are tested.

But the house has secrets too. Lurking in the shadows is the ghost bride with a black smile and a hungry heart.

And she gets lonely down there in the dirt.

Effortlessly taking the classic haunted house story and turning it on its head, Nothing but Blackened Teeth is a sharp and devastating exploration of grief, the parasitic nature of relationships, and the consequences of our actions.

My Take:

This is the perfect book to get into the Halloween spirit! It’s hauntingly tragic and grotesque, but carries the moral lesson of what results when people over-indulge. The characters’ relationships were well laid out, and it manages to avoid all the typical cliche tropes of the horror genre while cleverly addressing them.

I also think it was the absolute perfect length for a short ghost story. The plot kept right on moving and the suspense was built from the very opening lines–where we learn about our ever-suffering protagonist.

I think this book is definitely meant to be heard, and the narrator does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. If you need something that’s just creepy enough to get you into the Halloween spirit, make sure to check out this intensely creepy ghost story.

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