July 29, 2022

What Moves The Dead - Review

What Moves the DeadWhat Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Edgar Allan Poe fans rejoice!

What Moves The Dead is a beautifully woven retelling of The Fall Of The House Of Usher.

Unsettling. Disturbing. Surprising.


Just some of the few words that came to mind while I read through this book IN ONE SITTING. It is less than 200 pages, so it's a bit of a novela. Nonetheless an enjoyable read.

I absolutely enjoyed the first-person account of Easton. Often I find myself hating a main character that is the narrator, but not the case this time. Each of the characters and their development is interesting and not altogether quite clear until T. Kingfisher masterfully unweaves each bit... by bit..

There are a few eloquently written quotes I adored:

“Headache is always preferable to heartache, and if you’re focusing on not throwing up, you aren’t thinking about how the friends of your youth are dying around you.” Tweet this!


“If we don’t pretend we’re laughing, we might have to admit just how broken we are.” Tweet this!


“People get hung up on happiness and joy, but fun will take you at least as fast and it’s generally cheaper to obtain.” Tweet this!


And a creepy quote so you can understand the vibe:
“They say mushrooms spring up where the devil walks and where fairies dance.”


Five stars. Thoroughly enjoyed. Would buy merch if available and will recommend to every gothic horror fan I know :)



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