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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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I LOVE this author!!!

I found this book after I read “the hallow places” by the same author (T. Kingfisher).... both books were PHENOMENAL. Suspense, comedy, attachment to the characters. All around great stories! I love the tone of the stories and the overall sense of humour... 5/5

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Interesting Concept, Disappointing Execution.

Technically well written, but the narrators constant joking tended to spoil the atmosphere before it had a chance to develop.

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Loved it

Very intriguing story, pulled you right in. The narrator made the story come to life.

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Meh

Intriguing in the beginning but as I learned more I was less impressed. interesting and unique story, I haven't read anything like it before.

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good mysterious read

an enjoyable listen, went right through the story in just a couple days because I kept wanting to know more.

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great sequel

the story and characters where amazing and kept me up all night to finish listening. there are a few reviews that wheren't to happy about the whole journal bit which i can see how it feels like a long interlude. it becomes alot mpre enjoyable if youve read the short story "the whote people" before. i've never heard of it until readong other reveiws but it definatly sets the stage for this book amd made me appreciate it more

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  • DLC0713
  • 2019-10-31

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
  • 2019-12-29

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
  • 2019-10-03

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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  • FL Mike
  • 2019-10-09

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-05-01

I wanted something different, boy did I get it!

This book is hard to explain, I'm still not sure what it was all about. Some weird things in the woods known as the 'holler people' but they aren't people they are weird effigies made out of bones and stuff...and they want to capture this woman that they think can help them continue their line...but she can't...or something like that.

Story okay, it had its moments but leaves you scratching your head at the end.

Performance by Hillary Huber is excellent as always 5 stars for keeping me engaged in the story alone since it was so confusing.

I can't say I would recommend this one or not.

Listen if want to or don't...

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  • tffnygivens
  • 2020-04-19

What the h.....

I was really into this story at first, and very interested to see where it would go. Unfortunately, the further along the story got, the more bizarre it got (and not in a good way). All I can say, is that it is definitely weird. Doesn't leave me with my hunger for good horror satisfied.

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  • Stephanie
  • 2019-10-15

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-10-22

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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  • Will
  • 2019-10-29

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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  • latasha
  • 2019-11-12

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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