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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

The Twisted Ones

Updated: Jul 12, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐1/2

"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."


The Twisted Ones is a standalone horror novel by T. Kingfisher.

This just missed all the marks for me and was really strange, and not in a good way.

Right off the bat, I didn't like the writing style. It just seemed a bit too personal. It's was like she was talking to herself the entire time and as such there was a lot of irrelevant text. I think another issue I had with the writing was that the sentences were too short and didn't feel complete. I'd rather have a run-on sentence than short, stagnant ones since it's awkward to read.

The MC did not improve this story at all either, unfortunately. She had zero preservation skills so she wasn't getting any sympathy from me.

Overall, this was a story that was just lackluster with a disappointment twist.

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