Wraith | Review
Rating - ⭐⭐⭐1/2
"After witnessing the death of her mother at a young age, Cecily LeClercq grows up hiding herself away in the remote Carolina wetlands. When a stranger arrives from Paris saying a distant, elderly relative is desperate to see her before she dies, Cecily travels to an old chateau deep in the French woods. There she learns of an ancient curse that has consumed generations of her ancestors, personified by a vicious, ghostly wraith who emerges from the forest when the death of a LeClercq is near."
Wraith is a standalone horror novel by Mark Wheaton.
First and foremost I would like to thank NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this novel in advance. Please note that this in no way affects my opinions. Also note that what I read was an ARC, and things may be subject to change for the official release.
I didn't know what to expect going into this. I have not heard of this author before and no one I follow has this shelved on their TBR. What I ended up getting out of this novel wasn't bad at all, as I thought it was a pretty solid horror story even given how short the book is.
This story follows Cecily, whose mother sacrificed herself when she was young in order to protect her from a wraith. The wraith is said to be the curse of the LeClercq family, and if you see it, your days are numbered. I thought that it was a simple concept that was executed well enough. I wasn't 100% satisfied with the direction the story went in, but I am not mad at it at least even though the ending was a bit rushed.
My only reason for not giving this a higher rating would be because of some irrational actions on the part of Cecily. Also, because it was so short, there was only so much you get out of it which could lead to some disappointment.
Overall though, as I said, this was a decent horror novel and it is short, so you can get through it pretty easily. There are trigger warnings for suicide though, so keep that in mind before going into this.