Monday, October 30, 2017

What Did I Just Read?

TITLE: Alone
AUTHOR: Cyn Balog

PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire
PUBLISHING DATE: November 17, 2017

FROM GOODREADS: When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda’s almost excited to spend the summer there. The grounds are beautiful and it’s fun to explore the sprawling house with its creepy rooms and secret passages. Except now her mom wants to renovate, rather than sell the estate—which means they're not going back to the city…or Seda's friends and school. 

As the days grow shorter, Seda is filled with dread. They’re about to be cut off from the outside world, and she’s not sure she can handle the solitude or the darkness it brings out in her.

Then a group of teens get stranded near the mansion during a blizzard. Seda has no choice but to offer them shelter, even though she knows danger lurks in the dilapidated mansion—and in herself. And as the snow continues to fall, what Seda fears most is about to become her reality…

MY THOUGHTS: So this is going to be one of those reviews which is hard to write because almost anything I say could give the entire thing away. Seda and her family, which consists of her mother and two sets of twins, move to a remote run-down home in the mountains which was previously used as a murder mystery B&B. That is important because all the creepy plots only add to the atmosphere of the dilapidated residence. Seda's father had no desire to stay on and left the family to return to Boston. Seda is lonely and feels totally out of place. Seda is also haunted by her twin, which she reported absorbed in her mother's womb.

One night a car full of teens breaks down and Seda finds them holed up on the property. They are eventually invited in to stay by Seda's mother and since Seda's birthday is right around the corner, a murder mystery party ensues - but is everyone who dies acting? 

This was a quick read and I think it's really suited to a shorter novel. It was also a great read for the Halloween season. However, it is one of the books which the entire time you are reading it you have a constant "WTF?" look on your face. I even asked my husband at one point if I looked as confused as I felt. I never really felt a huge attachment to Seda but I did feel for her being stuck in the middle of nowhere with her mother and a bunch of young kids. 

To say there is a twist at the end is probably the understatement of the year. The problem I had is a good friend of mine had read the book right before me and while she was careful not to spoil anything, the ending I had dreamed up was much different than the one which actually occurred. That being said, this book ALMOST got 4/5 and probably would have if I had enjoyed the outcome a tad better. However, it was a solid enjoyable spooky read for the Halloween season.

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley and the published in exchange for an honest review.



  1. I skimmed your review because I think I own this, not sure how i feel about the wtf moments tho

  2. I had a wtf moment over a book I just read. The ending saved it for me though. Funny how we get out or sorts if we don't get the ending we want or expect. LOL This does sounds kind of fun.

  3. I'm so curious!! I would probably have trouble connecting to Seda, though. It at least sounds like an interesting experience.

  4. How intriguing! And I know what you mean about endings, this sounds like one that could either make or break the experience. Now I'm curious...

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  5. Endings really can make or break a book. I'm so intrigued about the ending now although in fairness I probably won't pick this up. The suspension!
    Lynn :D

  6. I am half curious and half convinced it may not be something that's up my alley. It's what you said about the WTF moments -- I need to know what they are!

  7. This sounds crazy...if I had more time, I'd read it just to see what happens!

  8. WTF moments are not my favourite things!

  9. It was pretty good :)

  10. I was thinking about grabbing this one but just couldn't make up my mind. Maybe someday. I am curious about the ending.

  11. Oh! I wonder if this is a bit like Fever Dream... Did you read that one?