3 Reasons to read SMALL FAVORS:
1.) The haunting mood: As seen in HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS, Erin A. Craig has a way of infusing a haunting, tense mood into books. SMALL FAVORS combines an isolated town, strange newcomers, cabin fever, low supplies, and supernatural beings into a sinister concoction.
2.) The edge-of-your-seat plot: While the beginning was a bit slow, the story picks up pace quickly about a third of the way in. At every turn, I was preparing for the worst as Ellerie and the town face more and more setbacks and neighbors start to turn on each other. Each piece of the overall puzzle is slowly revealed until the big finish.
3.) The relationships: While there is a lovely romance, the relationships as a whole between Ellerie and her sisters, her brother, and her (ex?) best friend are all well-executed in addition to the romance. I particularly enjoyed the dynamic between Ellerie, her brother, and Rebecca, Ellerie’s best friend growing up and the soon-to-be mother of allegedly Ellerie’s brother’s child. It’s complex and complicated and soon shows her brother’s true colors.
Fans of Craig’s first book, HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS will find the same tense, haunting atmosphere in SMALL FAVORS but in an entirely new context. SMALL FAVORS is an excellent spooky time read for a quiet night.