Happy Sunday y’all! Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours for having me as a part of the Burden Falls tour and thank you so much to Dial books for young readers for sponsoring this tour! If y’all haven’t a) heard of this book or b) grabbed this book yet, definitely got on that (but first, read my review)!
Burden Falls 5/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
Content Warnings: strong elements of horror; in particular, there is some gore (relating to blood and eyes), death of 2 parents, gaslighting , and several deaths/dead bodies on-page.
Riverdale meets Stephen King in the terrifying new thriller from the author of Harrow Lake.
The town of Burden Falls drips with superstition, from rumors of its cursed waterfall to Dead-Eyed Sadie, the disturbing specter who haunts it. Ava Thorn grew up right beside the falls, and since a horrific accident killed her parents a year ago, she’s been plagued by nightmares in which Sadie comes calling—nightmares so chilling, Ava feels as if she’ll never wake up. But when someone close to Ava is brutally murdered and she’s the primary suspect, she begins to wonder if the stories might be more than legends—and if the ghost haunting her dreams might be terrifyingly real. Whatever secrets Burden Falls is hiding, there’s a killer on the loose . . . with a vendetta against the Thorns.
Oh man y’all this book was so creepy and thriller-y! I loved how I didn’t really know who did it until the very end- like I had some guesses, but they were wrong and I of course completely discounted the person who had actually done it because of course that person couldn’t have done it! I really love the world that Kat Ellis built around the town of Burden Falls and the feud between the Thorns and the Millers. And the way that she had masterfully shown Ava slowly becoming overwhelmed to a point that she wasn’t super sure what was real and what was all in her head. I really liked Dominic- I did think it was a little weird that they were referred to him and his sister- who was 2 years younger than him- as twins, but that wasn’t a plot point or anything. I was not a huge fan of Ford- I hated how he treated Ava. I know they had been friends for a while, but at some point, when a friendship becomes toxic, it’s time to cut it loose. I really liked the pacing and the way the story was laid out- I was always on my toes and pretty much devoured the whole book in one sitting (I stayed up until like 1:30am finishing it). I didn’t really think it was super scary or horror-y or gory, but I think my threshold for horror/gore is much higher in books than it is in like movies and stuff. Overall, I highly recommend reading Burden Falls! Grab it today: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound
About the Author:
Kat Ellis is the author of young adult novels Harrow Lake, Purge, Breaker, and Blackfin Sky, as well as a novella within the Three Strikes collection titled The Twins of Blackfin.
Kat studied English with Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, then spent several years working in local government communications and IT.
When she is not writing, Kat can usually be found exploring ruins and cemeteries with her camera. She is an active blogger, instagrammer and tweeter, and is represented by Molly Ker Hawn at The Bent Agency.