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Cackle Kindle Edition
All her life, Annie has played it nice and safe. After being unceremoniously dumped by her longtime boyfriend, Annie seeks a fresh start. She accepts a teaching position that moves her from Manhattan to a small village upstate. She’s stunned by how perfect and picturesque the town is. The people are all friendly and warm. Her new apartment is dreamy too, minus the oddly persistent spider infestation.
Then Annie meets Sophie. Beautiful, charming, magnetic Sophie, who takes a special interest in Annie, who wants to be her friend. More importantly, she wants Annie to stop apologizing and start living for herself. That’s how Sophie lives. Annie can’t help but gravitate toward the self-possessed Sophie, wanting to spend more and more time with her, despite the fact that the rest of the townsfolk seem…a little afraid of her. And like, okay. There are some things. Sophie’s appearance is uncanny and ageless, her mansion in the middle of the woods feels a little unearthly, and she does seem to wield a certain power…but she couldn’t be…could she?
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“Reading Cackle was like stumbling upon a candy cottage in a dark wood: utterly surprising, deceptively delightful, and a little bit scary, too. I gobbled it up in a weekend, cackling all the while.”—emily m. danforth, author of Plain Bad Heroines and The Miseducation of Cameron Post
“Cackle delivers a lesson that every woman needs to hear: embrace your inner witch! Sweet, sinister, and 100 percent delightful.” —Alma Katsu, author of The Hunger and The Deep
"Wry, dark, and deliciously witchy. I loved every page of this gripping feminist tale.”—Alexis Henderson, author of The Year of the Witching
“As funny as it is frightening, Cackle by Rachel Harrison is the perfect book to cuddle up with on a crisp fall evening.” -PopSugar
"Cackle is an all-too-relatable story about finding your inner strength even when you're at rock bottom, tackling the realities of post-break-up life with levity and charm. This book is an absolute delight, and everyone needs a friend like Sophie." - Genevieve Gornichec, Author of The Witch's Heart
"Cackle is that rare book that has it all: a searingly honest portrayal of all-consuming heartbreak, an exploration of the pitfalls of making new friends past thirty, a few revenge fantasies come to life, and a whole lotta witchcraft. Harrison's clever prose will have you laughing and crying at once, and I promise you will never look at spiders the same way again."—Molly Pohlig, author of The Unsuitable
"It’s no surprise that Harrison’s latest traffics in witchcraft, but there’s nothing predictable about her take. She writes about women’s autonomy and how it can be seen as a threat; about heteronormative romance and how it can suppress who women truly are. It’s served in a friendship story that showcases Harrison’s strength at writing powerful and empowered women with razor-sharp wit and a touch of darkness. This book wonders why this kind of woman is feared; in Harrison’s hands, we’re totally under their spell." -- Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Weird, disturbing, creepy, and wonderful, Cackle is one of my favorite books of the year." -Mystery and Suspense Magazine
About the Author
- ASIN : B08S7B2QSD
- Publisher : Berkley (October 5, 2021)
- Publication date : October 5, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1809 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 299 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0593202023
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #52,809 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Ultimately, I ended up enjoying this book, but the ride it took me on wasn’t all positive. I spent most of the storyline biting my tongue, as I wanted to yell out, “pull yourself together!” whenever Annie went down another spiral of self-deprecation. As someone who is prone to assuming the worse will become the reality, her cynicism was a bit much, even for me. Although, it was my hope as I struggled to keep my eyes from rolling to the back of my head, that she was going to finally see herself and her life in a positive light.
Waiting for that other foot to finally drop was one reason I was propelled to keep reading on, even though I was quite annoyed, and the other was I needed to know the truth about Sophie. I could have seen it going either way, her being quite evil and Annie having to be the one to finally defeat her, or that the townsfolk were like most of the world we live in, afraid of the unknown. I was also quite entranced by the fact that for a while all we saw Sophie consume was coffee, alcohol, and sweets, and let’s be honest, that’s the ultimate dream. I am happy with what the reality ended up being, but my heart did hurt for Sophie a bit once all was revealed.
In the end I did really enjoy underlying themes of the story. Be yourself. Don’t let others dull your shine. I was glad that I didn’t let my aggravation with Annie keep me from finishing, as I did ask myself multiple times while reading, why I was still reading if the main character was driving me crazy so much. It was worth the struggle, and I would recommend this book to someone looking for a cute, witchy read. I would read more of Rachel Harrison’s, as it was a propelling story and well written. It does lose a star because of the tear my hair out moments, and I would advise anyone going into this book to just be patient.
Annie’s boyfriend has just broken up with her, so, heartbroken, she leaves Manhattan for a new teaching position in a small, picturesque town upstate New York called Rowan.
Annie is impressed with how friendly everyone in Rowan is and agrees it lives up to its slogan of “America’s Best Kept Secret.” She meets a local resident, Sophie, who takes her under her wing and encourages Annie to forget about getting back with her ex and focus on building her own life.
Sophie is beautiful, kind, and talented, but Annie notices that the town’s people seem nervous around her and treat her with cautious reverence, giving her the best of their wares with no charge. Despite this, Annie’s friendship with Sophie continues to grow, and they spend more and more time hanging out together at Annie’s charming apartment but mostly at Sophie’s huge but eerie castle home.
This book is categorized as a horror/paranormal book, but I would describe this as a cozy horror book with a feminist theme. There are plenty of scary scenes and spooky humor to keep you on your toes but not terrified.
There are also lots of spiders with exceptional skills in this book, so be warned if you have a fear of them. As a Scaredy-Cat, I was never scared or freaked out by their behavior and will never look at them in the same way again (although size matters in this regard). Ralph, the spider, became one of my favorite characters.
I loved that I wasn’t sure how the story would end and was happy with how things worked out.
Drop this in your Trick or Treat bag if you’re looking for an unusual Spooky Season read!
First off, let me just say how much I LOVE the title and cover! Could not be more perfect for this novel. When you reach the part of the book where you figure the title out you might let out a little cackle yourself 😉 Also, I immediately need a teacup that looks exactly like this.
Ok, serious reviewing now. Rachel Harrison’s writing is dark and delicious and clever and witty. I got lost in this book, without care for what page I was on, or if I was reading fast enough to finish my reading challenge for the year. There were so many incredible crafty quotes in here. I will likely be rereading this next Halloween season just to catch them again. I will definitely be picking up her first novel, The Return, as I’ve heard equally good things.
Plot-wise, I was definitely taken a bit by surprise- the first half of the novel I thought was a lead-up to something wicked and dark. I guessed at several possible twists or conclusions that didn’t come to fruition (I may be guilty of reading too many thrillers lately and this is a side effect). Regardless, I still very much enjoyed where Harrison did take the conclusion and greatly look forward to reading more by this author!
Side effect of Cackle: you may think spiders are cute by the conclusion.