This was such an odd, spooky book. I’m honestly not quite sure what to make of it, but I happen to like books that make me think a bit so this is a good thing.
I’n this book, a small town is held captive by a witch. This witch had been killed by the townspeople back in the 1700s or so and, due to the violent circumstances of her death, she came back to haunt the town. There were inexplicable suicides in the town and other odd occurrences related to the witch.
The witch has her mouth and eyes stitched closed to lessen her evil powers. However, certain things happen in the book that make you wonder if, despite all we know these days, the modern townspeople degenerated into some sort of medieval witch hunt society. The townspeople, in their desperate attempts to not be affected by the witch, take on extreme measures to keep the witch a secret, often becoming little better than the very thing they were trying to ward off.
Perhaps that is the true nature of the witch’s curse. They are trapped and driven to desperation by their fear.
I received an uncorrected digital galley excerpt of this book from NetGalley.