It’s time once again for another fabulous The Write Reads blog tour! I’m excited to talk to you about this thriller, as well, because it’s by a returning author who’s last book I enjoyed, as well. Today, I’ll be giving you my review for Wicked Little Deeds by Kat Ellis! Which is titled Burden Falls in the United States which confused the heck outta me on Goodreads 😂 If you’re a fan of thrillers where you’re not sure if everything that’s happening is supernatural or not, you might want to stick around for this post.
Before we get to it, though, I want to say my thank yous. I want to thank Dave @ The Write Reads, the publisher, Penguin, and Netgalley for providing me with a free e-ARC in exchange for my participation in this tour. I appreciate the opportunity!
Now, let’s get to it!
“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…”
- Title: Wicked Little Deeds (UK)/Burden Falls (US)
- Author: Kat Ellis
- Publication date: August 5th, 2021 (UK)/August 24th, 2021 (US)
- Genre: Thriller
- Age group: Young Adult
- Content/Trigger Warnings: Gaslighting, death, gore, alcohol, car accident, death of a parent
About the Author
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.
Y’all know I love a good thriller, but something I don’t talk about as much is my love of horror novels. I love a book that can get under my skin and make me shiver. So, when I find a book that’s a great combination of both, it’s always a delight and I think Wicked Little Deeds hits just the right note. Lies, secrets, and family ghosts all come together to create a thrilling story that will have chills travelling up and down your spine!
In this story, we’re following Ava Thorn a year after her entire world was turned upside down. She is the sole survivor of the car cash that killed both her parents. She is struggling with her grief while trying to deal with her senior year of high school and the recent sell of the family manor. And, when Ava feels like things can’t possibly get worse, bodies start appearing and Ava is becoming more and more convinced that the legends of Burden Falls… might actually be true.
This was such a perfectly creepy thriller! I have to say, I’m a little sad I didn’t read this closer to spooky season because this would be the perfect Halloween read. Kat Ellis is a star are creating a tense atmosphere that will have you checking over your shoulder even after you’ve set the book down. I loved the hints of the supernatural in this story and the way she built the tension until I was on the edge of my seat. While some of the story beats were a tad predictable, I still had a great time following Ava as she tries to figure out what exactly is going on in her hometown.
Speaking of Ava, I think Ellis does an incredible job of depicting a character that is still very much in the throes of grief. Ava lost her parents only a year ago and I thought the way she was written showed how such a tragic and traumatic event can really affect a person. Ava is a fantastic character. She doesn’t make the best choices, she doesn’t always know how to deal with what she’s feeling, and sometimes you want to shake her, but she felt so authentic because of that. Like she might walk right off the page and start talking to you about art. The other characters are well-developed, as well, with nuances that make them feel like more than just words on a page. Personally, I could have done without the romance, but it was a nice break from the anxiety every once in awhile.
As for the plot, though I was able to figure out what was going on at a fairly early point, I have to give Kat Ellis props for the execution! Like I mentioned, she has a way of building tension and drama where, even if you guess what’s going on, you’re still biting your nails waiting to see how it will all come to light. The last few pages had me practically pacing I was so anxious to see how it would all resolve! You should see how many of my notes are written in all caps, lol. And the ending certainly doesn’t disappoint.
Final thoughts: This was a fast-paced, nail-biter of a thriller! The atmosphere is expertly crafted to build the tension and keep you on your toes as the story progresses. I loved the creepy, horror elements that lend just the right touch of spookiness, as well. Though parts of the story were predictable and I wasn’t the biggest fan of the romance, I still really enjoyed the story and that ending just blew me out of the water! If you like your thrillers to have a touch of horror and keep you gripped until the very end, I think you would enjoy Wicked Little Deeds!