"My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance. I have often thought that with any luck at all, I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have had to be content with what I had. I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise. I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenet, and Amanita phalloides, the death-cup mushroom. Everyone else in our family is dead." This opening quote from a protagonist who does what she pleases without going through the trouble of explaining herself is the reason why I couldn't put this book down. The book opens with a sense of eeire and impending doom lurking in the shadows and makes the reader question everything that they learn throughout the book. It grips your hand and quickly, almost urgently, pulls you into a fantastically constructed world where dark tones and a grey palatte permeate everything without any qualms. This was my first book of October and honestly, I hope all the other "spooky" books manage to live up to the standard this one has set. If you haven't read this book yet, do it. You won't be disappointed.
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