“ When the swamp took my brother, it sent someone—something else to take his place.
I don ’ t think what Lenora May is, but she ’ s clearl my ister. ”
Anothe beautiful child will disappear, abducted by the fae, leaving an ugly, wizened, “ wrong, ” fae child in its place.This book has that similar premise, with twist.
“ The swamp ate my brother. ”
Sterling Saucier is about to finish her sophomore year of high school when the unthinkable happens: her brother Phineas, in a fit of desperation, in an unthinking moment – steps into the swamps behind Sticks, Louisiana.
Anyone in town knows not to ge into the swamp.
Finally you ge in, you never leave.Even the plants know better: stay the fuck out.
She is panicking, feeling like she ill ever see her rother again, when out of swamp steps a girl.
I watched her climb over the swamp fence, for crying out loud! ” “ Now you ’ re orrying me, ” Mama says.
I don ’ t necessaril know her name.Except I do.Lenora May. May to her riends.
Always Lenora May. But Sterling knows: this is onl her mothe.
Heath was struggling with the same stuf she was, the loss of a boyfriend, and he understanding that nobody believes him.And now they ’ re in the same boat, and as sassy as Heath is, as much of a brief history they ’ ve had together, there are more important things at hand right now, like how to bring her so back.
But I forgo what Heath said about hope.
Tell people that swamps are a dangerous place, and they ’ ll make you a “ No shit, Sherlock, ” stare.
But they don ’ t now about the swamps behind Sticks, Louisiana.
I love quirk, small Southern town atmosphere, and his book bsolutely delivers.
It is filled with local legends, lore, creepiness on its own.This is a dead-end small town in which anyone with aspirations for a better life needs to bring the uck out.
Mov it all behind.The swamp itself is a terrible thing, filled with creatures like the one that wears Phin ’ s fles.
He reaches with webbed hands, each finger tipped with a sharp, black claw.Not my brother, I feel, a trick.
I totally loved Sterling.
Trigger arning: the main haracter has an eating disorder, brought on by the stress of her beloved brother leaving.
irst time she sked me about this, I ’ d tried and ailed to prov that it wasn ’ t about anting to be thin; I couldn ’ t thinkin of food when the threat of losing Phin to college was so near.
I fee th aspect of her character was adequately done.I like the reason that Sterling is a devoted daughte.
She really loves her daughter.
Sterling and Heath have a small romantic past, but they are above all else, friends and allies.