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Starling House

By: Alix E. Harrow
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
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Publisher's Summary

A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

Step into Starling House if you dare . . . Alix E. Harrow reimagines Beauty and the Beast in this gorgeously modern Gothic fantasy, perfect for fans of V.E. Schwab and Naomi Novik.

Nobody in Eden remembers when Starling House was built. But the town agrees it’s best to let this ill-omened mansion – and its last lonely heir – go to hell. Stories of the house’s bad luck, like good china, have been passed down the generations.

Opal knows better than to mess with haunted houses, or brooding men. But when an opportunity to work there arises, the money might get her brother out of Eden. Starling House is uncanny and full of secrets – just like Arthur, its heir. It also feels strangely, dangerously, like something she’s never had: a home. Yet Opal isn’t the only one interested in the horrors and the wonders that lie buried beneath it.

Sinister forces converge on Eden – and Opal realizes that if she wants a home, she’ll have to fight for it. Even if it involves digging up her family’s ugly past to achieve a better future. She’ll have to go down, deep down beneath Starling House, to claw her way back to the light . . .

This is a romantic and spellbinding Gothic fairytale from Hugo, Nebula and Locus Award-shortlisted Alix E. Harrow.

©2023 Alix E. Harrow (P)2023 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

Alix E. Harrow is an exceptional, undeniable talent, and Starling House, with its gentle reassurances of the homes we make and the love we deserve, is more than satisfying. It’s pure loveliness in book form (Olivie Blake, author of The Atlas Six)
Gorgeous, poignant, and honest—an unforgettable read (Andrea Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter)
The gaudy, dark seam between horror and romance. Starling House is Alix E. Harrow’s greatest work yet – if you can survive its slow belly-crawl into hell (Ava Reid, author of Juniper and Thorn)

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Powerful & emotional

Another masterpiece by Alix Harrow, performed magnificently by Natalie Naudus. It’s like a combination of A Spindle Splintered and The Once And Future Witches.

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Not my usual read

I loved the characters in this book. A vivid story that I could picture as the narrator was telling it. Not my normal choice, but loved it.

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Engrossing dark gothic mystery

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I had been anticipating this books release since I read the pre-release synopsis. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It kept me engaged and engrossed into the wee hours of the night.

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