I read Harrow Lake last year after hearing so many good things about it. I’d hoped for something creepy and intriguing, and I got that. I knew I’d be reading Kat Ellis again after that. And I’m glad to have gotten the opportunity to read her latest, Wicked Little Deeds (or Burden Falls in the US), for a Write Reads Tour.
Ava Thorn lost her parents a year ago and has been plagued with nightmares since. Her family is supposedly cursed by Dead-Eyed Sadie, and when someone she knows from school is murdered, Ava is the prime suspect. She can’t help but wonder if Sadie is the killer or if there’s a human murderer on the loose, but she knows that she has to find out who it was.
I was really interested in the Dead-Eyed Sadie story. I don’t want to go into that, as I try to keep my reviews spoiler-free. But I still want to find out what exactly happened to her. And I think Ellis could have gone into so much more. If this was purely a supernatural horror, I think I would have liked it even more. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy this book, as I did. It was interesting, and I liked that it was a human killer. Yet, I still kind of would have liked more to the supernatural aspects. I was kind of hoping for more and even suspected how the supernatural storyline could have played out. But it turned out to be something a lot more human instead.
That being said, I didn’t see any of the twists coming. I thought I knew what would be going on pretty early on. And it turned out I was completely wrong. I wouldn’t say I fell for red herrings, but I also didn’t see what the twists were going to be. I was genuinely surprised, and that’s rare in books like this. So that was really well done on Ellis’s part.
I enjoyed the characters. Ava has had a tough time, but she always likes to see the best in most people. Maybe she has some anger and issues, but you do understand why. Dominic was a great love interest. I really was rooting for them together. I liked the names on the phone and their love of comics and things. It was fun.
This was overall a great book. It didn’t mess me up as Harrow Lake did, but this also felt more like a thriller than a horror compared to the last one. So I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what Ellis reads next, whether it’s more horror or thriller!
Title: Wicked Little Deeds
Author: Kat Ellis
Age Range: YA
Release Date: 05/08/21