A huge thanks to Dave and crew over at #TheWriteReads for organising one mammoth book tour and to Kat Ellis, Penguin and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Length: 400 Pages
Publishing: 5th August 2021
From its creepy town mascot to the story of its cursed waterfall, Burden Falls is a small town dripping with superstition. Ava Thorn knows this well – since the horrific accident she witnessed a year ago, she’s been plagued by nightmares.
But when her school nemesis is brutally murdered and Ava is the primary suspect, she starts to wonder if the legends surrounding the town are more fact than fiction.
Whatever secrets Burden Falls is hiding, there’s a killer on the loose, and they have a vendetta against the Thorns…
I loved Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis so I was over the moon to be invited to join the tour for wicked Little Deeds.
One of my favourite things about this novel (and something Ellis seems to excel at) is the atmospheric setting. Burden falls and the surrounding areas sound idyllic and peaceful with it’s waterfall setting, cottages, manor house and small town vibe. Or at least it should be! The town is rife with myth and legend, ghost stories and murders loom over the residents and surroundings areas. This casts a huge, atmospheric cloud over the whole setting and provides it with just enough creepiness to give you goosebumps whilst reading and to make the reader question everything they see or hear.
I think the character of Ava is well developed and well written. She has a vulnerability about her but has retained a certain amount of sassiness despite dealing with so much in her short life. She recently lost her parents in a terrible accident, lost her family home for financial reasons and discovered a body made to look like a girl from a local legend (Black Eyed Sadie). The effects of her trauma are still very apparent alongside an expected amount of teen angst but to be fair, she could have been much more of an awful person. I likes her character a lot.
As bodies start to pile up and explanations don’t make sense, Ava has to navigate the blurred lines between reality and urban legend in order to clear her own name and keep herself safe.
I’m a big fan or urban legend style films and wicked Little Deeds hits the nail right on the head. It remains appropriate for the targeted Young Adult audience, but it has the perfect level of chills without being overly gruesome or terrifying.
Kat Ellis has yet again created an fabulous, atmospheric mystery with great characters and plot. I cannot wait to see what she offers in the future.
Author Bio – Kat Ellis
Kat Ellis is a young adult author whose novels include Wicked Little Deeds/Burden Falls (August 2021), Harrow Lake (July 2020), Purge (September 2016), Breaker (May 2016), and Blackfin Sky (May 2014). She is a fan of all things horror and sci-fi, and a keen explorer of ruins, castles and cemeteries – all of which are plentiful in North Wales, where Kat lives with her husband.
You can find out more about Kat at http://www.katelliswrites.com or connect with her on social media.