Book Review: The Women In The Walls by Amy Lukavics

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Lucy Acosta’s mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she explored the dark hallways of the estate with her cousin, Margaret. They’re inseparable—a family.

When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she’s ever known, tragically disappears while walking in the woods surrounding their estate, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret has been spending a lot of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her dead mother’s voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin’s sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.

review

So of course I was really pumped for this book since I LOVED the author’s debut novel “Daughters Unto Devils” (full review here), but while I enjoyed this book it just wasn’t as good as the debut book. Still a very solid read though especially if you’re a YA horror lover!

PLOT

My biggest problem with this book (and why it didn’t get a 4 or 5 star rating) was that the beginning of the story was extremely slow paced and kind of boring. There really wasn’t any real creepiness, horror, or gore at all in the beginning of the book but it had ALL of that within the last 50 pages or so. Honestly, the ending was what made reading the whole book worth it! It was fucked up and weird in the best and creepiest way possible, I wish I could say more but I can’t without spoiling it! There’s also a bit of mystery towards the end as well that made the atmosphere a little more eerie.

Speaking of the ending it is open-ended and I thought it was the perfect way to end it. I feel in horror books open endings really work, the add that much more to the creep-factor because you don’t know what REALLY happened or what will happen afterwards…… I personally loved that it was open-ended because of that reason and it was just like “Daughters Unto Devils” in this manner.

Women (as the title hints at) play a very important and big part in this book as well, basically any and all men are useless side characters and the women hold all the power and sway. Of course I’m going to say this is a plus!

There also is some representation of mental illness in the form of cutting, Lucy (the MC) does cut herself. However, even though I have zero personal experience with people who do cut themselves I felt that the matter was kind of brushed over in this book. It plays a pretty big part in Lucy’s life and yet it never really gets an attention. I just felt it should have been a little bit bigger of an issue with the characters….

The writing was sort of just “meh”, nothing too spectacular. I felt it was better in her other book “Daughters Unto Devils”.

 A HUGE plus for this book is the fact that there is no absolutely zero romance. That’s right there is no romance in this YA book, and isn’t that refreshing?

characters

There was not a whole lot of character development but that’s to be expected with a book that’s only 278 pages long. I didn’t really connect with Lucy or any of the other characters, I felt really distant from what was happening to them. Lucy did have her moments where she stuck up for herself and her family and yelled at some of those arrogant country club people but for the most part she was just okay.

Not to mention I LOATHED Lucy’s dad with a fiery burning passion, talk about worst dad ever! He basically shows zero emotion towards his own daughter and ignores her when she comes to him about things. It really ticked me off so I thought it was worth mentioning.

in conclusion

Overall I did enjoy reading this book although it was a little painful to get through the beginning but ultimately that ending is worth it! I don’t think this one was as good as “Daughters Unto Devils” though but I will still read anything Lukavics comes out with.

What I Liked:

  • THAT ENDING!!!!
  • Women play a big part in the plot and men are useless side characters
  • ZERO romance

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Not a lot of character development (hated Lucy’s dad!)
  • Up until the last 50 or so pages is slow and a bit boring
  • The writing is “meh”

RECOMMEND

Even though I didn’t like this one as much as “Daughters Unto Devils” (which I highly recommend checking out) it is still a pretty good book and the ending is insane! If you’re looking for a short YA horror book with zero romance to distract from the creepiness this one is for you! I definitely do recommend at least checking this book out.

Links: Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

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9 thoughts on “Book Review: The Women In The Walls by Amy Lukavics

  1. That’s such a bummer about the pacing of the book and the lack of actual horror in most of it. I absolutely loved the debut novel from Amy Lukavics, much like you did, so I was really looking forward to this one (I bought it when it came out and then forgot I had it, honestly, haha). Still, YA horror is my absolute favorite, so definitely going to read it (you know, eventually =P). Great review!

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    • Thank you Kelly! I think I got my expectations a little too high with this one considering how amazing I thought “Daughters Unto Devils” was, it was still a good read just not AS good I thought. I would say it’s still worth reading though and I looooooove YA horror as well, I’d love to get some recommendations from you if you have some! 🙂

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  2. I may have mentioned to you recently that I had started this and put it down to never pic it back up. Now I am not sure whether I will. Part of me if very curious but understand completely about the pacing and writing. I remember struggling in the beginning with this one. Love the honest review!

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    • Honestly I’m not sure if I’d recommend finishing it or not since you already put it down, ya know? I mean the ending to me was worth reading through all the slow parts but it still wasn’t what I was hoping for, Lukavics’ debut novel was far better so if you don’t finish this one I’d recommend reading “Daughters Unto Devils” instead! 🙂

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  3. Ahh, it’s a shame about the slow pacing though because that is something I definitely struggle with especially if there’s nothing really horror-y is happening. Seeing that there’s no romance though and that there’s a good ending definitely still makes me interested though. I really need to read Daughters Unto Devils too!! Great review, Heather 😀

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    • Thanks Lauren!
      I’d say it’s still worth reading especially with a heads up about the slow pacing, I definitely agree I just can’t do slow pacing with no creep factor at the same time. The ending was worth the push in my opinion though! I also highly recommend “Daughters” it’s way better I really would love to see what you think of that one! 🙂

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