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House of Roots and Ruin

By Erin A. Craig
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Publisher Description

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A modern masterpiece, this is a classic Gothic thriller-fantasy from bestselling author Erin A. Craig, about doomed love, menacing ambition, and the ghosts that haunt us forever.

In a manor by the sea, one sister is still cursed.

Despite dreams of adventures far beyond the Salann shores, seventeen-year-old Verity Thaumas has remained at her family’s estate, Highmoor, with her older sister Camille, while their sisters have scattered across Arcannia.

When their sister Mercy sends word that the Duchess of Bloem—wife of a celebrated botanist—is interested in having Verity paint a portrait of her son, Alexander, Verity jumps at the chance, but Camille won’t allow it. Forced to reveal the secret she’s kept for years, Camille tells Verity the truth one day: Verity is still seeing ghosts, she just doesn’t know it.

Stunned, Verity flees Highmoor that night and—with nowhere else to turn—makes her way to Bloem. At first, she is captivated by the lush, luxurious landscape and is quickly drawn to charming, witty, and impossibly handsome Alexander Laurent. And soon, to her surprise, a romance . . . blossoms.

But it’s not long before Verity is plagued with nightmares, and the darker side of Bloem begins to show through its sickly-sweet facade. . . .

19 Reviews

Anxious Face with sweat“I had a lot of fun reading this even though the ending was not for me, I really prefer a happy ending lol.”
Beautifully writtenEasy to readDarkRomanticUnsatisfying ending
Slightly Smiling Face“Absolutely enthralling and kept me looking for the next turn! And that ending was mind blowing !!! I didn’t think it would beat house of salt and sorrows but it did!!!”
Reviewed in:lit & lore
Believable charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingEasy to read
Anxious Face with sweat“I enjoyed this right up to that ending. Man it ripped my heart out and stomped on it. I just need to know more.”
Multi-layered charactersDescriptive writingSuspensefulTwistyDark settingImmersive settingDarkHeartbreakingUnsatisfying ending
Anxious Face with sweat“I thought that you couldn’t get better than House of Salt and Sorrows. Turns out, I was wrong. Erin A. Craig’s writing never fails to suck you in with its lyrical, detailed beauty. Verity was a wonderful protagonist, and it was a joy to experience the world through her point of view. And THE ROMANCE- I.. let’s just say that the ending upset me A LOT. Overall this book was dark, romantic, immersive, and just a wild ride from start to finish.”
Characters change and growBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingAddictiveSuspensefulTwistyBeautiful settingImmersive settingMagical settingDark
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“THE ENDING ALONE MAKES THIS BOOK UNFORGETTABLE!!!!! This series was amazing and I can only hope she makes another just as enthralling as this one.”
Reviewed in:lit & lore
Believable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingOriginal writingAddictiveSuspensefulTwistyBeautiful settingDark setting

About Erin A. Craig

Erin A. Craig is the New York Times bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows and Small Favors. She has always loved telling stories. After getting her BFA in Theatre Design and Production from the University of Michigan, she stage-managed tragic operas filled with hunchbacks, séances, and murderous clowns, then decided she wanted to write books that were just as spooky. An avid reader, an embroidery enthusiast, a rabid basketball fan, and a collector of typewriters, Erin makes her home in West Michigan with her husband and daughter.

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