If I could Describe this book in Three Words
Title: Your House Is On Fire, Your Children All Gone
Author: Stefan Kiesbye
Series: Stand Alone
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Review also Posted on: Goodreads
The village of Hemmersmoor is a place untouched by time and shrouded in superstition: There is the grand manor house whose occupants despise the villagers, the small pub whose regulars talk of revenants, the old mill no one dares to mention. This is where four young friends come of age—in an atmosphere thick with fear and suspicion. Their innocent games soon bring them face-to-face with the village’s darkest secrets in this eerily dispassionate, astonishingly assured novel, evocative of Stephen King’s classic short story “Children of the Corn” and infused with the spirit of the Brothers Grimm.
Before I start the Review… I’ll tell you how I chose this book… so me and my cousin went to the BOOKSALE and I found this Creepy and Eerie looking book and I knew that I just had to get it. But I was broke AF that time so my cousin offered to pay for the books. Thank you again Angel! Moving on.
The story was set on the present time where the characters were middle aged and married. They still lived in Hemmersmoor or as others call the “Devil’s” Moor. Anke died in her house and now all her friends saw each other again at her funeral. A character has hatred towards Anke and that was Linde, she was super pissed off with Anke even though she was dead at the moment. I didn’t know why she was mad at her but soon found out in the latter chapters. The story isn’t the flashback type of story like this chapter is the present then the next one is past and so on. But NO! the Prologue and the Epilogue are the only one’s that are in the present every other chapters are based on the past happening on Hemmersmoor with the main characters as Children. Each of the Children’s POVs were like short stories with different levels of creepiness… other stories were really Disturbing though. Each story has its own charms, making a friend drown to death, gossip about the neighbors, a woman and her son froze to death, etc. the story gives off a creepy vibe to each of the child’s story and it would suffice as an October read. Considering it’s the Halloween season. It’s quite fast paced, revelations would make you anticipate what would happen on the next chapters.
I didn’t find any Errors at all, Dialogues were great, the book had this Weird and Bizarre thing gone on and I loved it. Even thought that the author didn’t give much detailing on some parts. It redeemed itself on how each short story ended. As I said earlier the book cover had a creepy and eerie feel to and have this written on top of the picture “If You Tell On Me, You’re Dead.” And well after reading you’ll feel the exact same thing with a hint of weirdness on it. And also some of the stories might be a little disturbing for other. Like you know that they lived on the so called Devil’s Moor and people in the village are into superstitious beliefs and stuff. But what the Children do in this book is really disturbing, but at the same time captivating. And on the span of reading the book “Slowly” since well I have to study for Finals. I’ve been dreaming about Monkey Zombies (Well Irrelevant) and Shape shifting beings or well Demons (as to what I shout on my dream) anyway over all the book was amazing and quite fitting to read this season.
Would I Recommend this Book?
Yes! This book is an easy read. You’ll finish this in a matter of hours. Well if you’re not busy. But this would seriously fit a Halloween concept.