Cackle by Rachel Harrison Review

I never imagined anything would beat out Empire of the Vampire as my favorite book of the year, but here we are. I can’t even try to explain how much I loved Cackle. I’m really not sure how I’m going to write a review because I have nothing critical to say, but let’s give it a go.

After a break up, Annie is looking for a new start. She accepts a job in upstate New York to start her new life. Then town is stunning and the people are so friendly. Especially her new friend Sophie. She wants Annie to start living for herself. But the townspeople are afraid of Sophie, and there is that one creepy spider thing that she does. But she is ageless and warm. Plus, she lives in a mansion in the middle of the woods, but other than that she’s completely normal. Right?

My Thoughts on Cackle

Like I said it my book haul, I didn’t know anything about Cackle when I picked it up. I didn’t even read the synopsis. It was a complete cover buy at an independent bookstore in Birmingham. That was the first place I’ve seen it and it needs so much more recognition. It’s what I’ve been wanting in a witchy book.

To start out, let’s talk about the town. It’s perfect and I really want to live there. It really reminded me of Stars Hollow. Actually, this whole book reminded me of Gilmore Girls if it was spooky. I didn’t know I needed that but apparently I did.

Next, let’s talk about Annie. There is a whole lot of pity party happening. Like almost the majority of the book. But then little by little she becomes comfortable in her own skin. This is a creepy, yet empowering story.

Sophie on the other hand is completely confident. She is a direct contrast to Annie. She’s a tad scary at times, but I think she means well, sort of. She has her dark little secrets, which is what makes her so interesting.

But don’t let the picturesque town and nurturing friendship fool you. This book is pretty intense. There are some gruesome parts. Sophie is definitely a morally grey character that leans more on the wicked side. But she’s still lovable.

Annie finally has to choose the path that she takes, and I have to say I totally supported her choice. The ending gave me everything that I hoped for. Cackle gave me so many feelings and I can’t stop thinking about it. I haven’t been this connected to a book in a long time.

My Rating: 5/5


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