All her life, Annie has played it nice and safe. After being unceremoniously dumped by her longtime boyfriend, Annie seeks a fresh start. She accepts a teaching position that moves her from Manhattan to a small village upstate. She’s stunned by how perfect and picturesque the town is. The people are all friendly and warm. Her new apartment is dreamy too, minus the oddly persistent spider infestation.
Then Annie meets Sophie. Beautiful, charming, magnetic Sophie, who takes a special interest in Annie, who wants to be her friend. More importantly, she wants Annie to stop apologizing and start living for herself. That’s how Sophie lives. Annie can’t help but gravitate toward the self-possessed Sophie, wanting to spend more and more time with her, even though the rest of the townsfolk seem…a little afraid of her. And like, okay. There are some things. Sophie’s appearance is uncanny and ageless, her mansion in the middle of the woods feels a little unearthly, and she does seem to wield a certain power…but she couldn’t be…could she?
The Sexy Nerd's Review
Can you imagine being in a long-term relationship with the man of your dreams, only to have him dump you after ten long years of your life? The nerve of him to just up and call it quits. The first thing that usually comes to mind is what did I do wrong? Where could I have been more understanding and supportive? Of course, it’s always the one who is dumped that thinks it is something they did wrong, but is it really? These are questions Annie Crane found herself asking after Sam left her. He not only left her but left her emotionally drained.
What Annie needed was a fresh start. Her coworker decided to drag her from her haven of despair and make her go out for her birthday. Annie truly wasn’t interested but she forged along to make Nadia happy. That was Annie’s problem—always pleasing others instead of looking out for herself. As they are out in Manhattan having the time of their lives, Nadia has the bright idea that they should go get their palms read.
Annie was dead set against this idea but being the trooper (or fool) that she is, she goes and when the palm reader gets done with Annie, she flees the scene and tries to forget her birthday and this night that she wished never happened. With bags packed and Sam out of her life, she heads upstate to start a new teaching position in a very small town setting. This is just what the doctor ordered.
While settling into her new place, she noticed the apartment appeared to be infested with spiders of every size and variety. I don’t know about you, but that would have caused me to move back to New York, but at any rate, Annie wasn’t afraid of the spiders. In fact, she went out of her way to not kill them, and she befriended them of sorts. One day while Annie was out, she meets a gorgeous, mature woman who appeared to not only have her looks together, but everything about her aura said she was confident and strong. Annie was immediately drawn to her and was smitten right away. Luckily for Annie, the feelings were reciprocated. Sophie introduced herself and almost immediately, Annie knew Sophie was something “special.” The townspeople seemed to just do whatever Sophie wanted and went out of their way to be extremely kind. No matter, Annie thought it was great seeing a woman who was strong and confident and was a boss. She aspired to be so great.
The more Annie got to know Sophie, she noticed strange occurrences and people had a way of doing exactly what Sophie wanted. There were whispers throughout the town about Sophie and things she did and/or had done to certain individuals, but this was mere myth, right? The more Annie got to know Sophie, the more she loved her until she crossed Sophie and that, readers, is where this story gets interesting.
OMG, I loved this story! What an amazing tale? I had no idea where this story was going to go. Every time I thought I was on the right path, Harrison took me in a completely different direction. I could not get enough. This book was so good. I gobbled it up in no time, as you will undoubtedly do as well. The characters were awesome, and I enjoyed following the relationship between Annie and Sophie. My, if I could be so lucky as to have a friend like Sophie. I need to get me one of those. (chuckle).
The Sexy Nerd gives Cackle five extra spiders to tap dance and sing along with. Cackle was an incredible story and one that most readers will be pleasantly surprised with the way the story turns out. This isn’t your typical horror story, but what you learn can be scary enough! Excellent read! I highly recommend this to everyone, especially if you like mystery and magic. Cackle comes out on Tues., Oct. 5, 2021, at your favorite book retailers or wherever books are sold. Until next time, you know what to do!