Little Eve

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Pub Date 11 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 26 Nov 2022

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Winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel • Winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Horror Novel • A LibraryReads Hall of Fame Pick!

From Catriona Ward, author of The Last House on Needless Street, comes a heart-pounding tale of faith and family, with a devastating twist

“A great day is upon us. He is coming. The world will be washed away.”

On the wind-battered isle of Altnaharra, off the wildest coast of Scotland, a clan prepares to bring about the end of the world and its imminent rebirth.

The Adder is coming and one of their number will inherit its powers. They all want the honor, but young Eve is willing to do anything for the distinction.

A reckoning beyond Eve’s imagination begins when Chief Inspector Black arrives to investigate a brutal murder and their sacred ceremony goes terribly wrong.

And soon all the secrets of Altnaharra will be uncovered.

Winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel • Winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Horror Novel • A LibraryReads Hall of Fame Pick!

From Catriona Ward, author of The Last House on...

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4.5 stars
Ive never read a Catriona Ward book before, but I think this one just made me a fan! This was a fun and dark twisty gothic horror. It hit the spot perfectly! I’ll definitely be adding a physical copy to my library, especially since release day is my birthday!

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This is the third novel I’ve read from Ward and once again she delivers. As with all her work she has the uncanny ability to sublimely weave a grisly tale that never takes the assumed path and keeps you guessing to the end. The story takes place in the 1920’s on a secluded rocky coast of Scotland with children being raised by Uncle. Catriona creates details so vivid that you can feel the cold of the sea and character depth like very few can accomplish. Highly recommended - Violence, subtle abuse

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Eve and Dinah are everything to each other never parted day and night they are raised among the a community of strays and orphans ruled by a mysterious figure they call uncle all they know is the grey isle of altnaharra which sits in the black sea off the wildest coast of Scotland Eve loves the free savage life of the isle and longs to inherit uncle’s power she is untroubled save by her dreams of soft arms and a woman singing Dinah longs for something other but the world is at war and cannot be kept at bay
Totally enjoyable read I couldn’t put it down totally recommend
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Extraordinary! Wow really! Great story and also amazing writing! I just blow away! Definitely a must read!

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I wasn’t sure what to expect from his book but I ended up really loving it. It’s an apocalyptic book that’s extremely interesting and easy to read. It read extremely fast and I really loved the plot.

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This was such a WILD RIDE. Honestly I did not know what was happening until the final few chapters. And even then, this book and these characters will live in my head for the foreseeable future.

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Little Eve is only the third book I’ve read by Catriona Ward, but she’s quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. She just doesn’t disappoint. Her books are simply incredible. They have everything I want from a horror novel: incredibly unique storylines, creepy, and absolutely dripping with atmosphere. Her newest release isn’t technically her newest book, it’s actually her second novel, only it’s now getting a release here in the states. I hesitate to even try to tell you what it’s about for fear of giving anything away, and maybe it’s just me but I’ll say there were times when this creepy tale of a family/cult living off the coast of Scotland gave me an almost Lovecraftian vibe, and it kept me enthralled from start to finish. I can’t wait to see where she takes us next. I’d like to thank Tor Nightfire and NetGalley for allowing me a chance to read and review an eARC of Little Eve.

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This is the second book I've read by Catriona Ward, and I can now say she's one of my new favorite authors! The way she writes is completely captivating, utterly creepy, and always keeps me guessing until the very end.

Little Eve starts off with what appears to be a spooky, cultish mass murder event on a secluded isle. The book then jumps between the past (before the event) and the future (after the event), and the story slowly starts to unfold. However, the accounts of the two main narrators, Evelyn (who was blamed for the deaths) and Dinah (her "sister"), seem to be conflicting.

This is an absolute must read for anyone who enjoys gothic, paranormal horror stories. It definitely gave me "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" by Shirley Jackson vibes. Can't wait to read more from this author!!

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Ward creates a fabulously dark, gothic setting for this thriller. The twists in this novel make it more of a thriller/mystery than horror; but the reader doesn't know who to trust or who is the evil doer in this story. Well written - I couldn't put it down!

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This had everything I love in a book. It is well-written, it kept me intrigued the whole time, the setting was amazing, the characters were complex, the story was twisted… The only negatives of this book for me is that at first the structure seems a little confusing but it eventually all comes together in the end, and also that I finished this with one unanswered question. Usually that would make me take a star off but all the positives of this book keep it at 5 stars for me. This was quite different from her last novel The Last House On Needless Street and I liked this one a lot more. You should read this if you enjoy reading gothic fiction and especially if you like cult stories!

A special thanks to Netgalley, Macmillan-Tor/Forge, Tor Nightfire and Catirona Ward for this ARC ebook in exchange for an honest review. Little Eve will be published October 11, 2022.

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Book received for free through NetGalley

This book was quick to grab me and it was so hard to put down. At points I assumed I’d know what would happen next and then it twisted and looked completely different. Overall an on edge and slightly enjoyable read. Thanks.

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“Can we hold such an act within us, without being irrevocably changed?”

If you’ve read The Last House on Needless Street, you know that Catriona Ward is apt at delivering well written and fantastically confusing stories. Little Eve is no different.

This book has a hazy, gothic quality to it that really helps you dig in to the meat of the story as we see the world through the eyes of brainwashed cult members who are awaiting the Adder and the inheritance of powers that comes with him.

Little Eve is sometimes gruesome, always sad, and shrouded in mystery. If you enjoy an unreliable narrator and things that are not as they seem- this is the book for you.

We primarily experience Eve and Dinah’s points of view- both are young women living under the heavy fist of their Uncle. And as we alternate between POVs and past and present timelines, we slowly discover the secrets of the Adder alongside them.

“He keeps you starved, half-dead with exhaustion, always vying for his attention. That place is the very edge of the world, Evelyn, and you have been taken to the edge of what a person can stand, or be.”

I really enjoyed reading this book and went with 5 stars! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this eARC.

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Oh, I absolutely loved this book. I was born and raised on a Scottish island and the scenery, and atmosphere was spot on. The story is incredible and so well written. I loved this book and I am going to read all the author's books. Five stars xx

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