The Dark We Know

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Pub Date Aug 13 2024 | Archive Date Aug 20 2024
Zando | Gillian Flynn Books

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From Gillian Flynn Books, a lyrical YA horror by debut author Wen-yi Lee that’s perfect for fans of She Is a Haunting, Stephen King’s IT, and The Haunting of Hill House.

Art student Isadora Chang swore never to return to Slater. Growing up, Isa never felt at ease in the repressive former mining town, even before she realized she was bisexual—but after the deaths of two of her childhood friends, Slater went from feeling claustrophobic to suffocating. Isa took off before the town could swallow her, too, even though it meant leaving behind everything she knew, including her last surviving friend Mason.

When Isa’s abusive father kicks the bucket, she agrees to come back just long enough to collect the inheritance. But then Mason, son of the local medium, turns up at the cemetery with a revelation and a plea: their friends were murdered by a supernatural entity, and he needs Isa to help stop the evil—before it takes anyone else.

When Isa begins to hear strange songs on the wind, and eerie artwork fills her sketchbook that she can’t recall drawing, she’s forced to stop running and confront her past. Because something is waiting in the shadows of Slater’s valleys, something that feeds on the pain and heartbreak of its children. Whatever it is, it knows Isa’s back… and it won’t let her escape twice.

From Gillian Flynn Books, a lyrical YA horror by debut author Wen-yi Lee that’s perfect for fans of She Is a Haunting, Stephen King’s IT, and The Haunting of Hill House.

Art student Isadora Chang...


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ISBN 9781638930587
PRICE $19.99 (USD)
PAGES 336

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Am I supposed to find words after reading a book that carved lines down the back of skin, that whispered to the oozing walls of my heart, that shattered my brain into ten million fragments only to put them back together in an infinitely more beautiful configuration? Am I supposed to describe a masterpiece?

The Dark We Know is a book of pain, of the scars and inheritance of generational trauma, of abuse and hate and fear. It is a book of how those twisted realities can morph and gnaw into themselves until the horror becomes a tangible, wicked thing. But, in the face of that, because of that, it about the deep-seated, sometimes messy and gut wrenching love that exists alongside it. That is so, so necessary. This book is speculative, yes, but it is because of that it is undoubtably human.

I like to think of it as a mix of Borrasca and Oxen Free, with fucked up rocks, lyrical writing that feeds into the powerful undercurrent of emotion driving every decision, and characters that are trying their best in the face of unimaginable terrors. Its fucked up. It is absolutely horrifying and weird and completely, utterly entrancing. I cannot say enough good things about this book. I know I said it before, but it bears repeating: this is a masterpiece. I am in awe.

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