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The Twisted Ones

Narrated by: Hillary Huber
Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
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When a young woman clears out her deceased grandmother’s home in rural North Carolina, she finds long-hidden secrets about a strange colony of beings in the woods in this chilling novel that comes across like The Blair Witch Project meets The Andy Griffith Show.

When Mouse’s dad asks her to clean out her dead grandmother's house, she says yes. After all, how bad could it be?

Answer: pretty bad. Grandma was a hoarder, and her house is stuffed with useless rubbish. That would be horrific enough, but there’s more - Mouse stumbles across her step-grandfather’s journal, which at first seems to be filled with nonsensical rants...until Mouse encounters some of the terrifying things he described for herself.

Alone in the woods with her dog, Mouse finds herself face-to-face with a series of impossible terrors - because sometimes, the things that go bump in the night are real, and they’re looking for you. And if she doesn’t face them head-on, she might not survive to tell the tale.

From Hugo Award-winning author Ursula Vernon, writing as T. Kingfisher, The Twisted Ones is a gripping, terrifying tale bound to keep you up all night - from both fear and anticipation of what happens next.

©2019 T. Kingfisher (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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  • Jessica's Bookshelf
  • 08-10-2019

Nothing Bad Happens to the Dog

First of all, the dog makes it through the book just fine. He doesn't suffer anything worse than a bad fright. When there's a pet in a horror story, I spend the entire time worried about the animal's fate. I think the author must be the same way, because she tells you right up front that the dog will survive. (And he does. I've listened to the whole book.) Thank you, Ms. Kingfisher. Second of all - wow, this book is scary! I'm so inured to the horror genre that it takes a lot to scare me, and this book did. T. Kingfisher (aka Ursula Vernon) is known for writing sensible, practical, down-to-earth heroines. It's especially scary to see a pragmatic character forced into confrontation with supernatural horror, because she reacts the way a real person would. (At least, that's how I imagine a real person would react. It's not like I have real-world experience with eldritch horrors.) Hillary Huber's narration is excellent. This is a perfect Halloween read!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31-10-2019

Not scary at all

I got this book because I read reviews of how terrifying it was. It isn't scary at all. It gets a bit repetitive and there main character doesn't seem to show she is terrified when she says she is. The reader also plays into the bland story and her performance is mostly monotone with terrible accents and no emotion. To each their own I guess, but if you're a fan of Stephen King.... I'd stay far away from this "horror" story.

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  • selkie86
  • 29-12-2019

Thoughtful build to a chilling, exhilarating finale. Also, the dog lives.

“And I made faces like the faces in the rock. And I twisted myself like the twisted ones. And I lay down like the dead ones.” Mouse agreed to help her dad by cleaning out her grandma’s house. Grandma, however, was a hoarder and so the work is slow going. While cleaning she finds the curious and seemingly unhinged notes of her step-grandfather... but the longer she stays in the house, the more likely it seems he was right and that there are unsettling things roaming the woods. This is a slow build to a chilling, exhilarating finish. But what sets it apart from other horror stories I’ve read is the unique mythology/world building and the characters. When you think of a “person goes to small town to complete a task” typically the small town is full of the worst kind of narrow-minded, inbred stereotypes. Kingfisher has populated her town with interesting and generous people. I hope to one day be as competent and kind as Foxy. Also, the author makes sure you know —from the start —that the dog lives. Bongo might be a stupid hound, but he’s not a dead one. The book was expertly narrated by one Hillary Huber. She made quiet mutterings, mysterious noises, and the whole terrifying situation come to life and populated it with distinct and nuanced voices for all of the characters. Not much to add in the way of content warnings, other than the expected scary, intense scenes. No sexual assault, maybe a hint of sexual menace, but it’s relevant to the plot and very minor. Some profanity. There’s not a lot of gore (although there are weird creatures and strange rocks and plenty of bones and wasp nests). However, you won’t want to read this at night near a window.

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  • Megan Conacher
  • 03-10-2019

Loved it

I honestly have to say I only tried this book because it was suggested to me in an email from Audible and I was too lazy to dig around in the mystery genre for a new one myself. The title sounds darker than I would normally choose and I almost wish it had different title because I think it may keep people who enjoy a great story from trying out the book. The story grabbed me immediately and I genuinely cared about the fate of the characters. I devoured the book in one day while I did chores in my home and drove around doing errands and i wish the author had more like this!

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  • Lauren
  • 15-10-2019

Narration made the story drag on and on

There may have been mystery and horror, but the narrator ruined the book for me. She couldn't hold my attention with her monotone reading.

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  • FL Mike
  • 09-10-2019

Very creepy without the over done gore.

If you want a good spook without all the extra crap and overdone gore this is a excellent read. Slow steady build of suspense with a great resolution! Bongo and Foxy steal the show!

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  • latasha
  • 12-11-2019

one of my favorites for 2019

i added this to my TBR is June of 2019 and went on about my business. when it won a group read in November, i saw that i had marked it as to read and now was the time to read it. i didn't really remember what it was about but that's ok. OMG guys, this book!! I love Mouse and Bongo! i love how she talks to him and how much she cares about that old hound dog. I love Foxy, she's great and i could picture her exactly. The characters in this book were so realistic and easy to care about. The setting and the story line is perfect. At first, i was really getting The Yellow Wallpaper vibes from it but oh no honey. it's so not that. there are some really scary as hell scenes in here and if i was reading or listening to this at night, i would have turned it off/set the book down. The mystery as to what is in the woods is easy to figure out but there's more to it than what are they. don't worry, you'll find out when you read this fantastic book. Hillary Huber reads this and she does SO GOOD! i would love to hear more books read by her. This is one of my favorites for 2019.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-10-2019

kilroy was here

Spooky af, and unlike most horror out there, has great characters and isn't a total fackin downer.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-10-2019

Was disappointed

The story was fine. Had some creative moments. Mostly just thought the writing style was too plain and bored me. I am a fan of gothic horror and was looking forward to the book.

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  • Angela Burr
  • 27-10-2019

Spooky

This was fantastic! I have to say, the ending left a bit to be desired, but I thought the writing really made this book. It slowly begins to get spooky, and before you know it, it’s terrifying.

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