House of Salt and Sorrows


For readers who enjoy spending time in a dark place, where evil has power that threatens goodness and hope until truth is unearthed.

Get swept away in Erin A. Craig's mesmerizing House of Salt and Sorrows. As one by one her beautiful sisters mysteriously die on their isolated island estate, Annaleigh must unravel the curse that haunts her family. Be careful who you dance with. . . .

In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor with her sisters and their father and stepmother. Once there were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls' lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last--the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge--and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that her sister's deaths were no accidents. The girls have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn't sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who--or what--are they really dancing with?---from the publisher

416 pages                                978-1984831927                  Ages 12-17

Read alike:  Caraval series; The Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo; Queen of Nothing by Holly Black; Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson; The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

Keywords:  dark fantasy, sisters, fairy tale, deaths, 13 year old, 14 year old, 15 year old, 16 year old


Twelve sisters.  One door that opens into a magical world.  Old friends who could be lovers.  New friends who could be lovers.  Then one by one the sisters begin to die.  Pushed off a cliff.  Discovered frozen in the cold.  Then ghosts begin to appear.

For readers who love the darkness, who love the horror, who love the twisting plot that keeps you on the edge, keeps you knowing things aren't what they seem, this one will be fun.  For readers who feel some sort of comfort when the bodies are piling up, the sinister is winning the game this one has a lot of the pieces they love in a story.

Who will discover the truth?  Who is wearing a mask and who is real?  Hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys but the sisters live to cross into the magical world of balls and romance with a hope that one day they will be kissed and one day they will fall in love even knowing that they may be living on borrowed days under a curse that offers the dangerous question...which sister will be next?

416 pages 978-1984831927 Ages 14 and up (horror and sexuality)

Keywords: dark fantasy, dark magic, horror, ghosts, death and dying, intrigue, retelling, 14 year old, 15 year old, 16 year old, If You Liked Caraval, If You Liked Leigh Bardugo, If You Liked Holly Black

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,

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