Book Review: Dead Voices

Author: Katherine Arden

Small Spaces #2

Goodreads Synopsis: “Having survived sinister scarecrows and the malevolent smiling man in Small Spaces, newly minted best friends Ollie, Coco, and Brian are ready to spend a relaxing winter break skiing together with their parents at Mount Hemlock Resort. But when a snowstorm sets in, causing the power to flicker out and the cold to creep closer and closer, the three are forced to settle for hot chocolate and board games by the fire.

Ollie, Coco, and Brian are determined to make the best of being snowed in, but odd things keep happening. Coco is convinced she has seen a ghost, and Ollie is having nightmares about frostbitten girls pleading for help. Then Mr. Voland, a mysterious ghost hunter, arrives in the midst of the storm to investigate the hauntings at Hemlock Lodge. Ollie, Coco, and Brian want to trust him, but Ollie’s watch, which once saved them from the smiling man, has a new cautionary message: BEWARE.

With Mr. Voland’s help, Ollie, Coco, and Brian reach out to the dead voices at Mount Hemlock. Maybe the ghosts need their help–or maybe not all ghosts can or should be trusted.

Dead Voices is a terrifying follow-up to Small Spaces with thrills and chills galore and the captive foreboding of a classic ghost story.

Review: Wow, wow, wow. This story. That’s all I have to say. Katherine Arden could write anything and I would probably love it. But what a sequel, and honestly this was sooo creepy. I haven’t read something like a haunted house in so long, there were moments where I was on edge and had goosebumps! I can’t believe it’s for young(er) children!

What I loved about this story is that it wasn’t all about Ollie, while Ollie grew up in the first story, this was all about Coco growing up a bit. Her character development is huge in this and I like that each story so far gives each character a little more notice.

Regardless, I can’t wait for the next one, I’m impatiently waiting for the next one because this story ended with the knowledge that we aren’t done yet!

Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

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