Book Review: Cackle by Rachel Harrison



By: Rachel Harrison

Genre: Paranormal

Pages: 304

Release Date: October 5th, 2021

Publisher: Berkley Books

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

All her life, Annie has played it nice and safe. After being unceremoniously dumped by her longtime boyfriend, Annie seeks a fresh start. She accepts a teaching position that moves her from Manhattan to a small village upstate. She's stunned by how perfect and picturesque the town is. The people are all friendly and warm. Her new apartment is dreamy too, minus the oddly persistent spider infestation.

Then Annie meets Sophie. Beautiful, charming, magnetic Sophie, who takes a special interest in Annie, who wants to be her friend. More importantly, she wants Annie to stop apologizing and start living for herself. That's how Sophie lives. Annie can't help but gravitate toward the self-possessed Sophie, wanting to spend more and more time with her, despite the fact that the rest of the townsfolk seem...a little afraid of her. And like, okay. There are some things. Sophie's appearance is uncanny and ageless, her mansion in the middle of the woods feels a little unearthly, and she does seem to wield a certain power...but she couldn't be...could she?


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A wonderful mix of paranormal and spook. Rachel Harrison has created a wonderful witchy story for the era. 

Annie is a mess. I could really feel that from the beginning. Her relationship with her boyfriend wasn't really even a relationship. It was more of a roommate situation, but Annie never admitted to herself that things were over. When things get worse, Annie moves herself to a small village upstate to have a fresh start, but strange things keep happening.

Sophie only wants someone who can understand her, and she thinks she found that in Annie. All she has to do is convince Annie that her ex boyfriend isn't worth the effort. 

The interactions between Annie and Sophie are odd and cringe worthy at times, but they really set the story up for some wonderful conversations toward the end. Also, did I detect a little bit of a love interest between the two of them? Didn't see that coming. 

All together, a wonderfully spooky read for the coming Halloween season. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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