I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.by Ronald Malfi
Published by Kensington on June 30, 2015
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When Laurie was a little girl, she was forbidden to enter the room at the top of the stairs. It was one of many rules imposed by her cold, distant father. Now, in a final act of desperation, her father has exorcised his demons. But when Laurie returns to claim the estate with her husband and ten-year-old daughter, it’s as if the past refuses to die. She feels it lurking in the broken moldings, sees it staring from an empty picture frame, hears it laughing in the moldy greenhouse deep in the woods…
At first, Laurie thinks she’s imagining things. But when she meets her daughter’s new playmate, Abigail, she can’t help but notice her uncanny resemblance to another little girl who used to live next door. Whodied next door. With each passing day, Laurie’s uneasiness grows stronger, her thoughts more disturbing. Like her father, is she slowly losing her mind? Or is something truly unspeakable happening to those sweet little girls?
Laurie doesn’t seem to remember much about her childhood and the home she once lived in. But with the death of her estranged father who had been suffering from dementia, Laurie is forced to go to the one place that holds memories that are best forgotten.
As days pass by Laurie questions her sanity and her past as she begins to think her daughter’s playmate is a little girl she used to know. A girl who wasn’t so nice to Laurie, a girl who has a secret that she’s no longer content to keep to herself. But first, she needs Laurie to remember.
A slow and steady read that is sure to raise a few hairs.
I thought that the story started out mellow and the pacing didn’t change much to make the story as effectual as it could have been.
The characters were engaging if a little predictable at times. I understand that Laurie, her memory, and the things going on around the house were a set-up to the reveal. However, as a reader, I was not given much room to wander as so many things were kept out of my grasp until the climax. Little Girls had it moments, yet the trail of breadcrumbs were not enough to thrill me into “I’m so freaked out right now” mode.
The idea behind this story was enough to keep me reading and it was an enjoyable read that I did not put down.
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