Review: Cackle by Rachel Harrison

Author: Rachel Harrison
Publisher: Berkley Books
Released: October 5, 2021
Received: NetGalley

4 kitties

What do my eyes spot here? A new story by Rachel Harrison? Why, yes, please! Cackle is a story perfect for this time of year, with a witchy focus that I will never turn down.

Annie is a stereotypical good girl. She always does the right thing, listening to others and playing it safe. Yet none of that prevented her heart from getting broken, now did it? Struggling to find peace with what had happened, Annie decided to take a risk.

She now has a new teaching job, one that’s going to require her to relocate to a beautiful small town. It’s almost too perfect. Here, Annie makes a new friend. Sophie is stunning, and she wants what is best for Annie – which means she’s never going to encourage Annie to accept second best. Only…there does seem to be something odd about Sophie…

“It’s best not to be specific with wishes. Otherwise, you end up getting what you think you want instead of what you need. How dangerous.”

Cackle was such a fun and enchanting read – slight pun intended there. It’s a perfect read for right around Halloween (though I am rather behind on actually writing the review, my bad). If you like witches and Rachel Harrison’s sense of humor and storytelling, then you’re going to enjoy this read.

I will say that there’s more funny than frightening in this story – but I’m okay with that. I like lighter witchy reads, for obvious reasons. But those expecting something darker may be disappointed, so I wanted to mention that as soon as possible.

The friend vibes of Cackle are pure perfection. They’re also super endearing, and were the highlight of the book, at least to me. The pacing, character development, and surprises along the way were all bonuses.

Thanks to Berkley Books and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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