*Review* What Moves the Dead- T. Kingfisher


From the award-winning author of The Twisted Ones comes a gripping and atmospheric retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic “The Fall of the House of Usher.”

When Alex Easton, a retired soldier, receives word that their childhood friend Madeline Usher is dying, they race to the ancestral home of the Ushers in the remote countryside of Ruritania.

What they find there is a nightmare of fungal growths and possessed wildlife, surrounding a dark, pulsing lake. Madeline sleepwalks and speaks in strange voices at night, and her brother Roderick is consumed with a mysterious malady of the nerves.

Aided by a redoubtable British mycologist and a baffled American doctor, Alex must unravel the secret of the House of Usher before it consumes them all.


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“It crawled back to its position in the circle of hares and it sat up, despite half its skull being missing. It turned its head so that its remaining eye pointed at me and tucked its paws against its chest like all the others. Whatever looked out at me through that eye was not a hare.”

Let me tell you dear readers that this was love at first sight. It made my dark heart sing and come to life. I was mesmerized by its dark and horrifying beauty. Between the gore of the hares and the fungi, I was overcome with want. I needed this book in my hands.

T. Kingfisher takes The Fall of the House of Usher and Poe’s love of fungi and turns it into the gothic story we have been dreaming of. It even gives us a taste of Night of the Living Dead and I’m not mad about it. It added more mystique to the story and I fell in love. T.K.’s words flowed from page to page as if they were singing from the depths of hell, calling to you sweetly before it captures you in its clutches and terrifies you. It gave me the chills and gave off the best spooky vibes. I loved this book. Everything about it was fantastic.

What Moves the Dead was incredible. The sinister house will make your blood run cold. It was a fast-paced and thrilling read. This was a bone-chilling story that will blow your mind in the best way. Now I can’t wait to read more from this author because I know that I won’t be disappointed.


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