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When a young woman clears out her deceased grandmother’s home in rural North Carolina, she finds long-hidden secrets about a strange colony of beings in the woods in this chilling novel that comes across like The Blair Witch Project meets The Andy Griffith Show.

When Mouse’s dad asks her to clean out her dead grandmother's house, she says yes. After all, how bad could it be?

Answer: pretty bad. Grandma was a hoarder, and her house is stuffed with useless rubbish. That would be horrific enough, but there’s more - Mouse stumbles across her step-grandfather’s journal, which at first seems to be filled with nonsensical rants...until Mouse encounters some of the terrifying things he described for herself.

Alone in the woods with her dog, Mouse finds herself face-to-face with a series of impossible terrors - because sometimes, the things that go bump in the night are real, and they’re looking for you. And if she doesn’t face them head-on, she might not survive to tell the tale.

From Hugo Award-winning author Ursula Vernon, writing as T. Kingfisher, The Twisted Ones is a gripping, terrifying tale bound to keep you up all night - from both fear and anticipation of what happens next.

©2019 T. Kingfisher (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Nothing Bad Happens to the Dog

First of all, the dog makes it through the book just fine. He doesn't suffer anything worse than a bad fright. When there's a pet in a horror story, I spend the entire time worried about the animal's fate. I think the author must be the same way, because she tells you right up front that the dog will survive. (And he does. I've listened to the whole book.) Thank you, Ms. Kingfisher.

Second of all - wow, this book is scary! I'm so inured to the horror genre that it takes a lot to scare me, and this book did. T. Kingfisher (aka Ursula Vernon) is known for writing sensible, practical, down-to-earth heroines. It's especially scary to see a pragmatic character forced into confrontation with supernatural horror, because she reacts the way a real person would. (At least, that's how I imagine a real person would react. It's not like I have real-world experience with eldritch horrors.)

Hillary Huber's narration is excellent.

This is a perfect Halloween read!

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Not scary at all

I got this book because I read reviews of how terrifying it was. It isn't scary at all. It gets a bit repetitive and there main character doesn't seem to show she is terrified when she says she is. The reader also plays into the bland story and her performance is mostly monotone with terrible accents and no emotion. To each their own I guess, but if you're a fan of Stephen King.... I'd stay far away from this "horror" story.

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Thoughtful build to a chilling, exhilarating finale. Also, the dog lives.

“And I made faces like the faces in the rock. And I twisted myself like the twisted ones. And I lay down like the dead ones.”

Mouse agreed to help her dad by cleaning out her grandma’s house. Grandma, however, was a hoarder and so the work is slow going. While cleaning she finds the curious and seemingly unhinged notes of her step-grandfather... but the longer she stays in the house, the more likely it seems he was right and that there are unsettling things roaming the woods.

This is a slow build to a chilling, exhilarating finish. But what sets it apart from other horror stories I’ve read is the unique mythology/world building and the characters. When you think of a “person goes to small town to complete a task” typically the small town is full of the worst kind of narrow-minded, inbred stereotypes. Kingfisher has populated her town with interesting and generous people. I hope to one day be as competent and kind as Foxy.

Also, the author makes sure you know —from the start —that the dog lives. Bongo might be a stupid hound, but he’s not a dead one.

The book was expertly narrated by one Hillary Huber. She made quiet mutterings, mysterious noises, and the whole terrifying situation come to life and populated it with distinct and nuanced voices for all of the characters.

Not much to add in the way of content warnings, other than the expected scary, intense scenes. No sexual assault, maybe a hint of sexual menace, but it’s relevant to the plot and very minor. Some profanity. There’s not a lot of gore (although there are weird creatures and strange rocks and plenty of bones and wasp nests). However, you won’t want to read this at night near a window.

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Loved it

I honestly have to say I only tried this book because it was suggested to me in an email from Audible and I was too lazy to dig around in the mystery genre for a new one myself. The title sounds darker than I would normally choose and I almost wish it had different title because I think it may keep people who enjoy a great story from trying out the book.
The story grabbed me immediately and I genuinely cared about the fate of the characters. I devoured the book in one day while I did chores in my home and drove around doing errands and i wish the author had more like this!

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I wanted something different, boy did I get it!

This book is hard to explain, I'm still not sure what it was all about. Some weird things in the woods known as the 'holler people' but they aren't people they are weird effigies made out of bones and stuff...and they want to capture this woman that they think can help them continue their line...but she can't...or something like that.

Story okay, it had its moments but leaves you scratching your head at the end.

Performance by Hillary Huber is excellent as always 5 stars for keeping me engaged in the story alone since it was so confusing.

I can't say I would recommend this one or not.

Listen if want to or don't...

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Narration made the story drag on and on

There may have been mystery and horror, but the narrator ruined the book for me. She couldn't hold my attention with her monotone reading.

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Very creepy without the over done gore.

If you want a good spook without all the extra crap and overdone gore this is a excellent read. Slow steady build of suspense with a great resolution!

Bongo and Foxy steal the show!

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What the h.....

I was really into this story at first, and very interested to see where it would go. Unfortunately, the further along the story got, the more bizarre it got (and not in a good way). All I can say, is that it is definitely weird. Doesn't leave me with my hunger for good horror satisfied.

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kilroy was here

Spooky af, and unlike most horror out there, has great characters and isn't a total fackin downer.

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Was disappointed

The story was fine. Had some creative moments. Mostly just thought the writing style was too plain and bored me. I am a fan of gothic horror and was looking forward to the book.

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  • chantel
  • 03-19-21

A Good Read

A really entertaining and original story. Enjoyed from start to end. The narration is fantastic.

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  • Hayley fell
  • 11-21-20

interesting book but i did feel it was to long ...

interesting book but i did feel it was to long and drag on but i enjoy the main characters still worth listen