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By Adalyn Grace

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Orphaned as a baby, nineteen-year-old Signa has been raised by a string of guardians, each more interested in her wealth than her well-being—and each has met an untimely end. Her remaining relatives are the elusive Hawthornes, an eccentric family living at Thorn Grove, an estate both glittering and gloomy. Its patriarch mourns his late wife through wild parties, while his son grapples for control of the family’s waning reputation and his daughter suffers from a mysterious illness. But when their mother’s restless spirit appears claiming she was poisoned, Signa realizes that the family she depends on could be in grave danger and enlists the help of a surly stable boy to hunt down the killer.

However, Signa’s best chance of uncovering the murderer is an alliance with Death himself, a fascinating, dangerous shadow who has never been far from her side. Though he’s made her life a living hell, Death shows Signa that their growing connection may be more powerful—and more irresistile—than she ever dared imagine.


I am not saying that my gothic dreams were answered in the form of a story but…. here we have it. The atmosphere, descriptions, slow-burn romance, etc. were absolutely the perfect gothic mystery storm. This book deals with all things macabre, however, is written so beautifully that even those who do not like the darker side of stories will fall in love. Poison, murder, mysterious spirits in the shadows are just a few of the haunting scenarios we encounter. Death as a character, is super intriguing. I was kept guessing throughout the entire book at what his intentions were. Sylas was a fun addition. A sweet yet strange love interest that kept me on my toes. I normally dislike a love triangle, but this one is done so well that I did not mind. This was everything I wanted in a gothic styled mystery romance and more.

About the Author:

Adalyn Grace is a New York Times bestselling author of All the Stars and Teeth, which was named “2020’s biggest YA fantasy” by Entertainment Weekly.

Prior to becoming an author, Adalyn spent four years working in live theatre, acted as the managing editor of a nonprofit newspaper, and studied storytelling as an intern on Nickelodeon Animation’s popular series The Legend of Korra.

Local to San Diego, Adalyn spends her non-writing days by watching too much anime, and by playing video games with her bossy cat and two dorky dogs.

You can follow her on:
Twitter: @AdalynGrace_
Instagram: @authoradalyngrace

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