Finished Burning by Danielle Rollins.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

After three years in juvie, Angela Davis is just a few months shy of release, and she’ll finally be free from the hole that is Brunesfield Correctional Facility. Then Jessica arrives. Only ten years old and under the highest security possible, this girl has to be dangerous, even if no one knows what she did to land in juvie. As strange things begin happening to Angela and her friends that can only be traced to the new girl’s arrival, it becomes clear that Brunesfield is no longer safe. They must find a way to get out, but how can they save themselves when the world has forgotten them?

I was so excited to find this on Netgalley, because I am a huge fan of her books (I’ve read the two she wrote under the name Danielle Vega).  They’re well-written but they are also relentlessly creepy and manage to get under my skin like nothing else.  (Wording is very deliberate; her books make my skin actually crawl.)

This one is more of a slow burn, but I had a feeling of dread for all of it.  It was very clear that it was only a matter of time before things got horrible.  (And oh, they got so completely horrible.)

This book is so completely claustrophobic but more than that, it gave me a feeling of paranoia that I haven’t experienced since the first time I watched Rosemary’s Baby.  It was impossible to know who to trust, and who was just the garden variety type of untrustworthy.

It doesn’t help that the power went out while I was reading it and I read the last quarter or so on my Kindle with the rest of the apartment completely dark while the wind howled and the rain slammed into my windows.  (But it was scary even before that.)

This is the kind of book that will stick with you.  Recommended.


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