Wicked Little Deeds

Wicked Little Deeds
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August 24, 2021
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From its creepy town mascot to the story of its cursed waterfall, Burden Falls is a small town dripping with superstition. Ava Thorn knows this well – since the horrific accident she witnessed a year ago, she’s been plagued by nightmares. But when someone close to her is brutally murdered and Ava is the primary suspect, she starts to wonder if the legends surrounding the town are more fact than fiction. Whatever secrets Burden Falls is hiding, there’s a killer on the loose, and they have a vendetta against the Thorns.

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Wicked Little Deeds (Burden Falls) by Kat Ellis - Book and Audio Review
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I really, really enjoyed this story. It definitely stems from a tragedy that Ava has to deal with throughout the whole book, because losing both of your parents in a car accident is never easy. Soon after the accident, she found out that there was practically no money and had to move out of the manor she grew up in with her Uncle and new Aunt. But what’s worse about having to leave your childhood home that’s been in your family for generations after generations? Having the person’s family responsible for the car accident that killed your parents move into it. Scene after scene, things for Ava get difficult. Her best friend starts hanging out with the Miller twins (the family from the car accident), people around her are dying, and she’s starting to hallucinate. If you are expecting the same creepy atmosphere from Harrow Lake, you won’t get it. But I think the atmosphere created for this book, and the story of Dead-Eye Sadie fits in perfectly. There was so much that was done right and it really kept me interested. Typically, in books like this I focus so much on the who done it part but I was so enthralled with the plot that I really didn’t focus too much on that. I was just experiencing it alongside Ava. The ending was really, really good and the little extra touch at the end made it that much better.

Ava was an interesting character. Overall, I liked her and could honestly feel for her. She was trying to make the best situation out of what had happened. The fights with Freya really don’t seem out of the ordinary and I can’t blame her for how she handles them either. What I really enjoyed what the relationship build up between Dominic and Ava. It progressed really well and it just made everything come together. Personally, this wasn’t a big character driven story but more a plot driven one. If the plot and the writing weren’t as good as they are, I don’t know how much the characters could have led. But, they told the story that needed told and did a good job at it!

Overall, Wicked Little Deed (or Burden Falls) by Kat Ellis was a really fun read. I enjoyed the atmosphere build up and the stories that helped build it. While it wasn’t really a dark atmosphere, it definitely gave off those horror vibes that I absolutely love in movies. Even though I enjoy a good who done it, this book didn’t make me focus on that actual part but more so on the whole experience itself. That takes a lot to do and Wicked Little Deeds does a great job on succeeding. Ava was a good protagonist and overall, I enjoyed her character. The relationships that she built helped the plot of the story but this is more of a plot driven book than a character driven. I would recommend this book if you enjoy horror with a good who done it along with some ghost stories.

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NOTE: The narration does not affect my rating of the book

I absolutely loved the narration of this book. Typically I don't listen to audiobooks while I cook because I find myself too distracted but I had about an hour left and I needed to finish it. Emma Gavlin does such an amazing job bringing this to life. I would absolutely recommend this audiobook.
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