Title: Small Angels
Author: Lauren Owen
Publisher: Tinder Press
Publication Date: 2nd August 2022
When Chloe turns the key to Small Angels, the church nestled at the edge of Mockbeggar Woods where she is to be married, she is braced for cobwebs and dust.What she doesn’t expect are the villagers’ concerned faces, her fiancé’s remoteness, or the nagging voice in her head that whispers to her of fears she didn’t even know she had.
Something in the woods is beginning to stir, to creep closer to the sleeping houses. Something that should have been banished long ago.
Whatever it is, it’s getting stronger, and pretending it’s not there won’t keep the wedding, or the village – or Chloe - safe.
I genuinely could not love this book more if I tried! It’s a beautiful and haunting blend of folklore, horror, drama and sensitivity. I felt mesmerised by the evocative atmosphere that permeates every page. The writing is stunning – full of gorgeous yet unsettling imagery that almost puts the reader in a trance-like state. I was completely swept up in it.
Small Angels is essentially about the power of stories and how they shape and define our lives. The structure is devised in such a way that each chapter almost feels like a small folktale within itself, told through different perspectives. Owen then slowly begins to tie everything together masterfully as the pieces of this chilling puzzle slot into place. Small Angels is a gothic and elegant tour de force that is alternately hopeful, delicate and achingly sad. I couldn’t recommend it more highly. Easily one of my favourites of the year!
Huge thanks to Claire and the publisher for having me on the tour and for providing a proof copy of the book. My review is entirely my own honest opinion.
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