Title: 8 Souls
Author: Rachel Rust
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: May 6, 2019
Page Count: 193
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
All her life, seventeen-year-old Chessie has had recurring dreams about a little white farmhouse. Quaint? Not quite. The house is the site of the unsolved murders of Villisca, Iowa, where eight people were slaughtered in 1912. With her parents on the verge of divorce, Chessie is stuck spending the summer with her grandparents in Villisca—right across the street from the axe murder house.
She’s soon hearing voices calling out for help and begins unraveling a link between herself and the town’s bloody history. And when she falls for a cute boy harboring a big secret, the pieces fall into place as she at last discovers the truth of Villisca’s gruesome past…
8 Souls by Rachel Rust is a young adult read that is a paranormal fantasy with a bit of horror and a little romance. This fictional read is actually based on a real life tragedy that took place in Villisca, Iowa on the evening of June 10, 1912. Six members of a family and two guests staying with them were murdered in the Moore home.
Chessie has spent her whole life having a reoccurring dream of an old farm house and learned early on in life not to let on to those around her or be forced back into therapy. Even though she let it slip out as a child that she had the dream she definitely never let on the house was real. And not only was it real but located across from her grandparents home that she is now being sent to for the summer while her parents divorce.
Of course with Chessie being sent so close to this house of horrors things quickly escalate from a reoccurring dream to so much more. 8 Souls was one of those books that is best read with the lights on with an equal dose of creepy and creative. The author did a good job giving a whole new twist on an horrific cold case that kept the pages turning through the twists until the very end.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Rachel Rust is a YA author who loves all things mysterious, romantic, and thrilling. Her favorite stories have twisty plots, and if it’s a whodunit, she’s all about it. When not making up stories, Rachel can usually be found with her family and their two dogs — a pug and a chug (chihuahua/pug).