Lucy Acosta’s mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she explored the dark hallways of the estate with her cousin, Margaret. They’re inseparable—a family.
When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she’s ever known, tragically disappears while walking in the woods surrounding their estate, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret has been spending a lot of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her dead mother’s voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin’s sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.
|Product dimensions:||5.88(w) x 8.46(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Amy Lukavics lurks within the forested mountains of Prescott, Arizona, along with her husband and two precious squidlings. When she isn't reading or writing creepy stories, she enjoys cooking, crafting and playing many video games. She is the author of Daughters unto Devils and The Women in the Walls.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book had some Stephen King vibes to it and was really well written. It was very descriptive, but not over done, making it very easy to visualize as Lucy made her way along the book. There were some great twists that had me second guessing how it was going to end, and when it did it was an ending that I for one did not see coming. The only reason I took away one star was because of the ending, but that is just my opinion. Other than that, I still highly recommend this book. Although keep in mind, this is not for someone with a weak stomach as it can get pretty gory. So, with the profanity which includes the dropping of the F-bomb (used sparingly) and the excessive amount of gore, I would suggest this book be read by more of a mature audience in the age 14+ group.
While going into this book, I was pretty terrified to start it. The title alone had me nervous (I live alone, yo) and since I get spooked easily (blame my aunt scaring me creepy ghost stories in my childhood), compounded by the fact that I usually read at night, I had stopped somewhere at the 9% of the book and kept putting off reading it. When I finally gathered my courage to read it through, I was terribly disappointed by the overall lack of creepiness. The plot centers around Lucy’s house, which has been in her family for generations, but now suddenly after the death of their cook, there are weird stuff happening. Her aunt goes missing, her cousin is acting a bit crazy, and Lucy herself feels a tenuous grip on her sanity. For all that the ingredients for a creeptastic novel were in play, nothing actually scary happens. Like one or two deaths, a murder spree or so, but that’s it. Most of the book is spent in Lucy lamenting about how much being an Acosta (her mother’s family) sucks – how they are a vain and cold people, how much she drowns in it. She is reduced to the bored rich girl trope, and one who doesn’t actually move the plot forward – she is more like a spectator. Then when things picked up towards the end over the history of the house, and the things that actually were scary arrived, I was bored enough to not blink an eye in the face of murderous covens and possessions. The ending was an actual horror-movie-worthy one, so I feel a visual medium might suit this book; as a prose, it lacks the draw.
The setting is perfect - a Victorian mansion, sprawling estate, strange occurrences - and the story has a great concept with some gruesome imagery. The first half of the book is suspenseful and atmospheric and everything I'd hoped. But then things began to fall apart for me soon after. By the ending, Lucy's character was still a blank slate and I never felt like I knew her, and at the completion of the book, I was left with more questions that I had going into it. The big reveal about what's behind these strange occurrences just came out of nowhere - no prior indications, hints, foreshadowing. Consequently, the climax of the story was more confusing than scary and left me with questions about the club, characters and their motivations, and history of the estate. I've heard good things about this author's first novel, Daughter Unto Devils, but haven't read it. Judging by other reviews, it was better received than this followup, so I'm not throwing in the towel on this author. Women In The Walls has some chilling moments, but just didn't come together for me at the end. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve been a fan of Amy Lukavics words since I heard Gretchen McNeil talk about Daughter Unto Devils. I devoured and loved that book and was eagerly awaiting new words. Being in Lucy’s head is sort of a trip. She’s a cutter and slightly suicidal and it was difficult at times to read what she was going through. Throw in a weird estate and hearing voices and you’ve got yourself an unstable and unreliable narrator, which is one of my favorite things. There is a lot of history and backstory to the situation and that’s where I started to get a bit lost. I wasn’t sure about the time period the book was set in: some scenes it felt like it was the early 1900s, but then someone would talk about leggings or using the internet. I also felt like we didn’t get the entire explanation…and that’s probably what kept me from giving it 5 stars. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the ending, but I definitely wanted a lot more out of the last 50 or so pages. **Huge thanks to Harlequin Teen and Edelweiss for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**