You may be thinking "How can mushrooms and fungi be scary? They can't even run after you or bite your ankles!" Let me tell you that this book will make the skin crawl right off your body. Fungi don't need to chase you down; they infiltrate from the inside. FROM THE INSIDE! I'm not generally a fan of body horror but thankfully this is only moderately gruesome and, as a science nerd, I actually found it very biologically interesting and only slightly disturbing. Except for the bunnies. Those poor, creepy creatures!
I love a gothic setting and the dilapidated, isolated Usher Manor is perfection . Edgar Allan Poe is a master of ambience and T. Kingfisher takes those bones and twists them into something even more haunting. For such a short novel I felt like I spent at least a week in that dark, damp manor and I just want a hot shower and a good scrubbing!
I enjoyed everything about this book; from the suspenseful plot, to the likable non-binary main character, Alex, to the satisfying ending. This is horror done right. I will never look at algae infested ponds in the same way!
Thank you to Macmillan-Tor/Forge, Tor Nightfire for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.