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Falls a little flat
Reviewed in the United States on July 28, 2020
It was a great premise. Every year, a single person from 4 cursed families are chosen to play a game with a centuries old ghost of a witch. You have the skeptic, the hardened survivor of games past, a seasoned medic who was witness to the games, and one who was deliberately kept ignorant of the games. The entire trip to the old house in the middle of the woods was terrifying (let’s not talk about that orchard) but I felt that the entire thing was rushed and smashed together. I don’t know if the author had a maximum word count requirement but I felt it was rushed. All through the beginning of the book, they talked about how hard the witch would make it to get to the house and then how the witch made it really difficult to find your key to your demon box but in the end, it seemed like they made it with minimal difficulties. There was also a lot of plot holes (what was found in the backpack was never discussed). But the story ended and it was none of the things I expected it to be.