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Thank you to The Write Reads gang for organizing this tour, and thank you to the author, publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free digital copy for this review.
Title: Wicked Little Deeds
Author: Kat Ellis
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery, Contemporary
Length: 400 pages
Published: 5th of August 2021
From its creepy town mascot to the story of its cursed waterfall, Burden Falls is a small town dripping with superstition. Ava Thorn knows this well – since the horrific accident she witnessed a year ago, she’s been plagued by nightmares.
But when her school nemesis is brutally murdered and Ava is the primary suspect, she starts to wonder if the legends surrounding the town are more fact than fiction.
Whatever secrets Burden Falls is hiding, there’s a killer on the loose, and they have a vendetta against the Thorns…
I don’t know how to start my review of this book. It made me feel…a lot. We enter the life of Ava almost a year after a traumatic event. An event that has left her scarred both physically and mentally. She’s not only burdened by the sorrow and heartache this event has left her in, but she’s also burdened by the realities of life. The expectations of moving on and looking forward to the future. It’s clear from the beginning that she doesn’t really have a lot of things planned out…at least…not anymore.
In the wrong hands Ava would quickly become an annoying character, and there were times where I almost wanted to slap some sense in to her. It’s clear this girl is struggling and I feel for her. Other than Ava we are introduced to a wide variety of friends, classmates, family and family non-friends. They all have good sides and bad sides, which I enjoy – nobody is inherently good or bad…except – of course – for whatever might be causing trouble in Burden Falls.
“I don’t always want to. I don’t want to be the friend who always leans on other people. The one who always brings their problems to the table, and nothing else.”
This book hit a bit close to home for me. Even though it’s almost ten years since a traumatic event in my family, I still struggle. The circumstances aren’t exactly the same, but I could recognize quite a bit of the feelings that are described in the book. I did end up crying while reading the book, and I cannot promise that I might not be crying a bit right now. Despite the extremely well-written depressive stuff, Wicked Little Deeds is a gripping thriller with the struggles of an uncertain future, growing up and finding your way, and all of the wonderful and at times stressfull and exciting relationships you get along the way. There is also a supernatural aspet to the story. I highly recommend this book.
About the Author
Kat Ellis is a young adult author whose novels include Wicked Little Deeds/Burden Falls (August 2021), Harrow Lake (July 2020), Purge (September 2016), Breaker (May 2016), and Blackfin Sky (May 2014). She is a fan of all things horror and sci-fi, and a keen explorer of ruins, castles and cemeteries – all of which are plentiful in North Wales, where Kat lives with her husband.
You can find out more about Kat at http://www.katelliswrites.com or connect with her on social media.