Book Review: Dead Voices by Katherine Arden

 My review of Dead Voices by Katherine Arden.

Title: Dead Voices

By: Katherine Arden

Genre: Horror

Pages: 256

Release Date: August 27th, 2019

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

Having survived sinister scarecrows and the malevolent smiling man in Small Spaces, newly minted best friends Ollie, Coco, and Brian are ready to spend a relaxing winter break skiing together with their parents at Mount Hemlock Resort. But when a snowstorm sets in, causing the power to flicker out and the cold to creep closer and closer, the three are forced to settle for hot chocolate and board games by the fire.

Ollie, Coco, and Brian are determined to make the best of being snowed in, but odd things keep happening. Coco is convinced she has seen a ghost, and Ollie is having nightmares about frostbitten girls pleading for help. Then Mr. Voland, a mysterious ghost hunter, arrives in the midst of the storm to investigate the hauntings at Hemlock Lodge. Ollie, Coco, and Brian want to trust him, but Ollie's watch, which once saved them from the smiling man, has a new cautionary message: BEWARE.

With Mr. Voland's help, Ollie, Coco, and Brian reach out to the dead voices at Mount Hemlock. Maybe the ghosts need their help–or maybe not all ghosts can or should be trusted.

Dead Voices is a terrifying follow-up to Small Spaces with thrills and chills galore and the captive foreboding of a classic ghost story.


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I did something weird... I read this series out of order. Don't judge, its been a weird few months. I have to tell you though, I still loved each story individually as well as how they fit into the series. I'm actually excited its a series. Usually there's so much trauma after reading a terrifying story, whether its the reader or the characters, and sometimes a bit of both, that no one wants to revisit those tragic events in a sequel, but with Katherine Arden, she makes her characters extraordinarily resilient. They can handle a little more trauma.

The creep factor is off the charts and in my opinion, this is the best story out of all the books. There's a mix of dreams, alternate realities, creepy old hags, scared little dead children, lost dead skiers among other things, and lets not forget the isolating backdrop for the story to take place. So many elements that create a perfect storm that is dark and brooding.

Favorite Quote:

“It will be dark in a few hours. Ghosts are stronger in the dark.”

This book received a solid 4, maybe even a 4.5 out of 5 from me. I no longer have the need to take a ski trip to a remote ski lodge in the middle of a snow storm, which is very disappointing since winter is upon us and the old ski lodge near my town hosted the Shinning movie back in 1980. That's your little historical tidbit for the day. Google it...

Any who, with Halloween right around the corner, forget those little snot ridden trick or treaters and just cuddle up near a warm fire with this creepy read and have yourself the trauma you need for the evening.

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