cover image Starling House

Starling House

Alix E. Harrow. Tor, $28.99 (400p) ISBN 978-1-250-79905-0

Hugo Award winner Harrow (The Ten Thousand Doors of January) does it again in this tender and triumphant haunted house story. The closest thing to a home that Opal has ever known is the motel room where she lives with her younger brother, Jasper, but she’s plagued by mysterious dreams about wandering through Starling House, the most notorious building in the coal-mining town of Eden, Ky., complete with perpetually slamming doors and a light that cuts through the town’s thick, rising mist. None of the townsfolk have ever seen the inside save for the unsettling and reclusive Starling family, but in Opal’s dreams she knows the interior intimately. She feels called to investigate her connection to the house and the family, but along the way she’ll have to determine which secrets she’s ready to uncover and who and what she’s willing to fight for. Harrow’s prose cuts straight to the heart as she melds a story of family legacy and historical oppression with a stirring call to speak the truth. Readers will be left chewing on this tale long after the last page, and Starling House will no doubt take its place alongside fiction’s most memorable haunted houses. (Oct.)

Correction: An earlier version of this review incorrectly described the protagonist as a teenager.