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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson
Published by HarperCollins Publishers on September 14, 2021
Genres: Thrillers & Suspense, Young Adult Fiction
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: NetGalley and Harper Collins
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Also by this author: White Smoke, Santa in the City, The Weight of Blood
The Haunting of Hill House meets Get Out in this chilling YA psychological thriller and modern take on the classic haunted house story from New York Times bestselling author Tiffany D. Jackson!
Marigold is running from ghosts. The phantoms of her old life keep haunting her, but a move with her newly blended family from their small California beach town to the embattled Midwestern city of Cedarville might be the fresh start she needs. Her mom has accepted a new job with the Sterling Foundation that comes with a free house, one that Mari now has to share with her bratty ten-year-old stepsister, Piper.
The renovated picture-perfect home on Maple Street, sitting between dilapidated houses, surrounded by wary neighbors has its . . . secrets. That's only half the problem: household items vanish, doors open on their own, lights turn off, shadows walk past rooms, voices can be heard in the walls, and there's a foul smell seeping through the vents only Mari seems to notice. Worse: Piper keeps talking about a friend who wants Mari gone.
But "running from ghosts" is just a metaphor, right?
As the house closes in, Mari learns that the danger isn't limited to Maple Street. Cedarville has its secrets, too. And secrets always find their way through the cracks.
Okay, why am I reading horror again? Since I have begun adulting, I have turned into a straight up scaredy cat! I used to roll with R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike and The Dark Thirty, but White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson has me shook enough to change my reading schedule. I chose White Smoke for my August TBR goal since it is coming out in early September, you can check out that post here.
I usually read at night when I am the least likely to be disturbed by my little ones. But whoa nelly! I am going to have to change my routine. Because White Smoke is too good of a horror novel for me to be reading in the dark. My timer is now set for me to finish reading for the day before sunset, it is that scary. All these shenanigans with waking up at 3 am and the main character is seeing shadows in the bedroom and the hallway??! No ma’am, this book is going to be closed up by 8pm when the sun sets around here because I DO NOT want any of those nightmares.
Most Creeped Out Moment:
The bedbugs issue. It’s the first creepy thing in the book that made me pause and rethink if I really wanted to continue reading because I knew at that moment that Ms. Jackson was going to go hard and I didn’t know if I was ready. Main character, Mari, has a major ISSUE with them (I mean really who doesn’t) and I just found out why and I do not blame her one bit.
Fave moment so far:
Being reintroduced to the song “Hay” by Crucial Conflict!
Which Character Do I Want to Drop Kick?:
Creepy step-sis Piper… that chick gives blended families a bad name. I do not blame Mari for wanting to choke her out.
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