A review by elliotvanz
What Moves the Dead, by T. Kingfisher

dark mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


It takes a lot to creep me out, and even more to make me swear out loud while reading. This book accomplished it numerous times. Kingfisher modernizes this Fall of the House of Usher retelling and manages to surpass the original in both atmosphere and sheer creeping dread. With a non-binary main character that arrives on the scene fully fleshed out and sympathetic, and a setting that made the hair on the back of my neck stand on end, the grotesque has never been so engrossing. This perfectly paced slice of horror was gothic at its best. I'll never look a rabbit without suspicion again.

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