Author: Chelsea Ichaso
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Released: June 2, 2020
Warnings: Fire death, bullying, suicidal thoughts
Chelsea Ichaso’s debut novel, Little Creeping Things, is one that instantly caught my attention – and I knew that I had to make time to read it! One part horror, one part psychological thriller, and one part murder mystery; this book has a little bit of everything that I’m looking for.
Cassidy Pratt has spent her whole life being bullied for a fire she doesn’t remember starting. To be fair, the fire did take a life, so she understands that what happened was not something that should be forgotten.
When a classmate goes missing, Cassidy feels like she should speak up with the information she has. But she knows how quickly the public can turn on somebody – especially her. She’s experienced all that first hand.
“I’ve spent the past ten years trying to erase this image. Fire Girl.
Trying to convince everyone – trying to convince myself – I’m not a killer.”
Okay, I’m not going to lie to you: the first thing that brought my attention to Little Creeping Things was that creepy little doll on the cover. I mean, come on! It’s so perfect for a psychological thriller, don’t you think?
Anyway, let’s move onto the actual plot, shall we? Little Creeping Things is a dark and twisty young adult thriller. It’s pretty easy to understand the conflict that Cassidy faces. She’s spent her whole life getting told one thing, and while it’s horrible, she has no memory of it. Even though she really should.
That alone would have been a strong enough promise for this tale, but Ichaso takes it a step further by throwing a missing person into the mix, which is shortly followed by another twist. It’s a lot to take in, yet it all worked together quite nicely.
Overall I’d say that this was a solid read, though I think the buildup was stronger than the actual conclusion. Still, I’m happy with the time I spent reading Little Creeping Things and would gladly recommend it to fellow readers.
Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.