Review of:  Something Wicked this way comes by Amy Rae Durreson

TITLE: Something Wicked this way comes
AUTHOR: Amy Rae Durreson
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
RELEASE DATE: Oct 29 2019

BLURB:

A workaholic teacher and a cranky blacksmith investigate a haunted orphanage in the remote Scottish Borders. What they find together might help them heal the wounds of their pasts… if they survive.
When the charity Leon works for inherits the orphanage, he travels north to see if the site is suitable for a new school. But Vainguard is a place of dark secrets, and Leon unearths a mystery about four children who died there in 1944—a tragic tale with an uncanny connection to the death of Leon’s parents.
Still bitter and guilt-ridden over his daughter’s death, farrier Niall joins Leon in uncovering Vainguard’s cruel history, including not just abuse but a tale about a vengeful spirit preying on local children. As the orphanage’s disturbing past comes to light, another child goes missing.
Niall and Leon know they don’t have long before the child falls victim to a legend straight from the Borders’ blood-soaked past.


Leon is a teacher who helps children with special needs. When his charity, sends him to the Scottish border to evaluate the orphanage they inherited, Leon is welcome by a broody blacksmith, Niall Forster. The old building is more than what Leon expected. A lot of dramas have been done there—a lot of children had been hurt. When another child disappears, Leon and Niall know that something wicked may come to them, but they don’t know how to defeat it.
Something Wicked this way comes by Amy Rae Durreson, gave me the creeps. This book is what I expected—a scary novel with a good mystery.

Leon was an orphan. He lost his family when he was a little child, and after being moved from foster family to foster family, Leon was rescued by Becky’s, a charity that helps children with special needs, and gave them a second chance. Leon was then adopted by Felix and Valerie and became a teacher for Becky. He doesn’t have a lover or a life. When Felix sends him to the Scottish border to evaluate Vainguard, the orphanage, Leon realized he knew this place, and something terrible happened to him there.

Niall is a blacksmith. He’s grieving the loss of his daughter, Katie, who died a year ago in a terrible car accident. Niall is broody and rough, and he doesn’t like strangers either, but Leon touches him and awakes something inside him. When another child disappears, Niall must fight hard against his demons and pain.

Leon and Niall will not only try to save the missing child, but also each other.

I adored them. They were fabulous, sensitive, smart, and funny. Niall is broken by the loss of his daughter, but he tried to survive her, and meeting Leon is probably what Niall needs the most in his lonely life. Leon is a workaholic; he doesn’t have a life, and he feels indebted to Felix. Being at the Scottish border, far away from his family and his job, Leon will have to face his past and fears, but most of all, he will have to fight hard for Niall, and to have the life he really wants.

The plot is about what’s been happening to the children in the village since 1944 and how Leon and Niall are linked to it. The author has created a heavy and suffocating atmosphere. Vainguard, the orphanage, is a character by itself and it was brilliantly written. I was hooked by the story from the beginning. It gave me the creeps I won’t lie, and sometimes I had the feeling of hearing the voice too (no I’m not crazy). The ending was awesome. I didn’t see it coming, not all of it, at least. I adored this book; it was the perfect book to read for the Halloween season.

5 Stars for the teacher and his blacksmith

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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