Withered Petals

Eleven-year-old Valerie does not understand why her daddy doesn't love her anymore. Why do they have to move? Divorce... Lover... sour words. Or is her mom lying again when she takes Valerie and Tobias, her teenage brother, from the city? The always cold and crumbling house is supposed to be their home. Luckily, new adventures and friendly faces keep her thoughts away from her sorrows.

But... the picturesque village and its kind inhabitants guard a sinister past. A hidden mystery of the Holocaust. How did Valerie's house turn from a flourishing Jewish household into this ruin? And the older generation remains resolute in their silence about World War II. They did nothing wrong. Let the past rest undisturbed.

But the echoes of the war grow louder as the old house gets colder and colder. And the cold creeps and hunts...

Author's Notes

From Goodreads reviews:

"In my opinion, Withered Petals by Glenn Fall is a literary gem that weaves together a multilayer, psychological entanglement threading and challenging the usual themes of paranormal, family, and absolute sacrifice to a new level. This is a peculiar invitation on a journey that transcends the pages, leaving a lasting imprint on the heart (if you have one)."

"I would say that Withered Petals is Let the Right One In of ghost stories mixed with King-esque narrative and true gothic horror vibes. Exchanging the English foggy streets or countryside of New England for post-socialist country was a great idea."

"This book sucks you in with its slow and melancholic narrative. The author marvelously paints one picture after another creating true fine arts gallery with enough grey space to rest your mind for a while." 

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  • Woman in Black
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Genre: Fiction > Horror & Paranormal

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