The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics
Released: September 27, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Lucy Acosta’s mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she explored the dark hallways of the estate with her cousin, Margaret. They’re inseparable—a family.
When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she’s ever known, tragically disappears while walking in the woods surrounding their estate, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret has been spending a lot of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her dead mother’s voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin’s sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.
This seemed like a perfect book to read close to Halloween as it has all the elements needed for a perfect Horror Book: A creepy mansion, strange characters, mysterious disappearances and gory murders.
The story is well written (for most part), and I enjoyed the steady pacing of the storyline that had me engrossed throughout. There are some cleverly designed plot twists that I did not see coming, and some of these twists had gruesome details that made me cringe. While I didn’t have any issues with the grisly details, the only part of the writing that I found puzzling was the consistency in the setting. In some parts of the book, it felt like the story is taking place a long time ago, but then in some scenes, the characters curse foul language and use the internet etc. which I thought didn’t fit well with the setup.
The characters are well written, and I enjoyed the conflict between Lucy and Margaret. In fact, I liked Margaret’s character more than Lucy, as she seemed truly psychotic and on the edge, and I had no idea what she would do to Lucy. I also enjoyed Vanessa’s character, and wished that she was involved more in the book. While I didn’t have any issues with Lucy as such, I thought the girl was whiny and suicidal and not that strong to be the main character in the book.
I was disappointed towards the end of the book, mainly because all the revelations provided were not very clear, the pacing seemed rushed, and the author didn’t provide closure to the storyline. It was as Amy Lukavics got tired of writing towards the end, and just wanted to finish it somehow. Considering how well the story is written for most of the book, I wish it had ended with the same consistency and a better explanation for the events.
Overall, this was a pretty good book to read, but one that is easily forgettable.