Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich

Before the birth of time, a monk uncovers the Devil’s Tongue and dares to speak it. The repercussions will be felt for generations…

Sixteen-year-old photography enthusiast Zoey has been fascinated by the haunted, burnt-out ruins of Medwyn Mill House for as long as she can remember–so she and her best friend, Poulton, run away from home to explore them. But are they really alone in the house? And who will know if something goes wrong?

In 1851, seventeen-year-old Roan arrives at the Mill House as a ward–one of three, all with something to hide from their new guardian. When Roan learns that she is connected to an ancient secret, she must escape the house before she is trapped forever.

1583. Hermione, a new young bride, accompanies her husband to the wilds of North Wales where he plans to build the largest water mill and mansion in the area. But rumors of unholy rituals lead to a tragic occurrence and she will need all her strength to defeat it.

Three women, centuries apart, drawn together by one Unholy Pact. A pact made by a man who, more than a thousand years later, may still be watching…

How did I get the book? I bought a copy

Genre: Horror / Historical Fiction

Previously Reviewed: The Creeper Man
The Dead House 

Review: Teeth in the Mist contains all the things I love about Dawn Kurtagich’s books. Brilliant characters, atmosphere and twisty storytelling.

While the blurb indicated that the story split across three timelines; Hermione (1583), Roan (1851) and Zoey (present) I would say that the biggest chunk is held by Roan’s story. Which is just as well because I enjoyed this the most.

Roan’s tale is intriguing. It is complex and dark and spans the length of the book. I really enjoyed her as a character. Her story also has the most drama. Meanwhile Zoey’s is more similar to that of a teenage haunted house horror movie. The way it is narrated you can the the movie being filmed, the music building up the tension until the dramatic moment the camera cuts out. It’s more in line with traditional horror than the twisting tale Roan has.

There are many characters in this story, over different timelines. This, along with the fact that you have these timelines trying to meet up can sometimes get a bit convoluted. The ending also leads to hope that the story is continuing as there is much left you as reader want resolved.

Teeth in the Mist won me because the writing, because of Roan’s story. Because I love the way I get to be immersed in what is happening. As reader I feel like I am trapped by Zoey’s side, I feel the trepidation of the Blue Room, etc. If you enjoy story of tension, mystery and horror- this one is for you.

Reviewed by Luna

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