Teeth in the Mist
Author: Dawn Kurtagich
Publication date: June 11, 2019
Genre: YA horror
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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…
This is absolutely amazing, add it to your TBR. I don’t care if you don’t like horror. ADD. IT.
Teeth in the Mist is a gloriously dark and twisted Gothic horror, told from two different POVs and a journal entry, all taking place at different time periods. While this is a horror I don’t think it will scare your soul out of your body, it’s definitely creepy and twisted with a few wtf moments. I feel like the best way to go into the book is without knowing to much. I have a lot to say about this book because I loved it, but I’m going to be very vague in this review.
I’m not entirely sure how to express how much I loved this book but just know that its magnificent. I loved it. 5 stars. I need more. So much more! Dawn has said that this was written to have a sequel or two so, my god, I hope that happens.
Things to look forward in this review:
- f/f reationship
- creepiness galore
- dark gothic house
- evil and the devil
- brooding characters
- mysterious rams
This is a retelling of the legend of Faust, if you don’t know the legend its basically: Faust, a scholar, makes a deal with the devil and sells his soul for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures. In this retelling there is magic, demons, the Devil, creepy AF old house, death, murder, torture, madness and disease. Its a dark, dark story, which is my favourite type of story.
The entire story revolves around Mill House, which is this incredibly creepy old house, on the top of a mountain in Wales that is cloaked in mist. During 1851, there is a group of characters who have been sent to Mill House under mysterious circumstances. All of the characters are a little strange. Mill House has many dark secrets and a pretty horrifying and gruesome history. The house and mountain is full or secret rooms, hidden chambers full of horrors and dark rituals.
As mentioned above this book is told from multiple POVs. The first is Roan whose story takes place in 1851. After her father dies, she’s sent to this creepy old house to be a ward of some old man, she’s never heard of before. When she arrives at the house, she immediately feels unease and odd things start to happen. Roan, is probably my favourite character in the book, she strong willed, ferocious, determined and brave. Her relationship with one of the other characters, Rapley, is the best. They both give each other dirty looks and casually insult each other during every interaction they have.
Now on to Zoey, who is from the present day. After a fight with her mother that leaves her incredibly upset, she makes the rash decision to run away to Mill House with her best friend Poulton. Mill house has long since been abandoned, its haunted, and burnt but shes fascinated with it. She believes this house holds secrets about her family and she needs to know them. Zoey is a photographer and plans to document every second she can and hopes to uncover mysteries. She is pretty hot-headed, impulsive, curious and passionate.
As mentioned there are also journal entries from a woman called Hermionie from 1583. Hermionie has documented the odd occurrences and horrors during the building of Mill house.
One of my absolute favourite things about this book was the world building. The atmosphere of this book was creepy AF. Dawn has a way to make creepy old houses even creepier than they already are. She managed to make me feel the horrors of the house, the stillness, creepiness and watchfulness of the house. She also managed to convey they complete isolation on the mountain, having the house cloaked in thick mist making it so the characters are unable to leave was a great touch.
I am a HUGE fan of Dawn’s books, so I was very excited to get my hands on an advanced copy of Teeth in the Mist. Her books always have an unusual format to them, whether it be interviews, photographs, different sized fonts etc, they are always interesting to read. Teeth in the Mist was no different, there are many images, font sizes, letters from characters and other mixed media elements. This style of format always makes me excited to read because you never know whats going to be on the next page.
There is a lot going on in this book, there’s a lot of backstory and depth to the characters and plot. So you really need to be paying attention, or you could get completely lost. But this book will suck you in. Its a horror, horrific things happen, its bone-chilling at times, creepy to the point you don’t want to read it at night and shock inducing. Honestly, it as an amazing book and I highly recommend it, even if you don’t like horror, I think you’ll really enjoy this book. It has some fantasy elements with the magic system, it’s paranormal, the house is haunted, it has the devil and an amazing cast of characters.