Bestselling author Katherine Arden returns with another creepy, spine-tingling adventure in this follow-up to the critically acclaimed Small Spaces.
Having survived sinister scarecrows and the malevolent smiling man in Small Spaces, newly minted best friends Ollie, Coco, and Brian are ready to spend a relaxing winter break skiing together with their parents at Mount Hemlock Resort. But when a snowstorm sets in, causing the power to flicker out and the cold to creep closer and closer, the three are forced to settle for hot chocolate and board games by the fire.
Ollie, Coco, and Brian are determined to make the best of being snowed in, but odd things keep happening. Coco is convinced she has seen a ghost, and Ollie is having nightmares about frostbitten girls pleading for help. Then Mr. Voland, a mysterious ghost hunter, arrives in the midst of the storm to investigate the hauntings at Hemlock Lodge. Ollie, Coco, and Brian want to trust him, but Ollie’s watch, which once saved them from the smiling man, has a new cautionary message: BEWARE.
With Mr. Voland’s help, Ollie, Coco, and Brian reach out to the dead voices at Mount Hemlock. Maybe the ghosts need their help–or maybe not all ghosts can or should be trusted.
Dead Voices is a terrifying follow-up to Small Spaces with thrills and chills galore and the captive foreboding of a classic ghost story.
I received this book as a gift for my birthday a couple of months ago and this winter season is the perfect time to read it.
This story is like The Shining for middle grade readers. Snowed in at a hotel with ghosts and animals that move but shouldn’t. I really loved it. It was creepy, suspenseful, and smart.
I love the further development of the friendship between Ollie, Coco and Brain. (I do hope though that next time we have more Billy in the story.) It was great that Coco got the opportunity to showcase her abilities by thinking and deducing the tricks.
It was good to see that the story had some backstories for the ghosts but I still want to know more about the Smiling Man.
Page 91: “Ghosts like it when you’re afraid. It means you acknowledge them.”
Page 98: “A creeping horror started to overtake her: a feeling that, if she stayed there long enough, she would become a reflection instead of a girl.”
5 out of 5 Bones.