Title: House of Salt and Sorrows
Author: Erin A. Craig
ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley.
The premise of this sounded amazing and it has so many great reviews, so I was pretty bummed when it didn’t live up to my expectations. House of Salt and Sorrows is an eerie thriller full of fantasy elements. Unfortunately, the book just didn’t wow me.
I was impressed by the atmospheric setting. She managed to create a very spooky/eerie vibe, and yet there was a slight fairytale quality to the writing. Erin A. Craig also did a great job with the horror descriptions; had I been reading this at night, I definitely would have gotten some goosebumps.
While I found the descriptive writing and the mystery intriguing, for whatever reason the book has trouble keeping my attention. Maybe it was because I didn’t feel too much of a connection to Annaleigh. Maybe it was because it took awhile for the plot to start to really pick up. But whatever I was enjoying about the book, the romance kind of ruined the rest of it. The love triangle was super unnecessary and the relationship Annaleigh has with the love interest was basically insta-lust.
The ending and plot twists were not terribly unique, and I was able to guess a few of them very, very early on in the story. I also thought the way everything wrapped up was not only a little rushed compared to the more leisurely pace of the rest of the story, but came together a bit too neatly and conveniently. I was really looking forward to House of Salt and Sorrows but I couldn’t seem to enjoy the story as much as everyone has.