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Follow Me to Ground--A Review


This was my first Goodreads Giveaway wins and I was thrilled to receive it.

First, this is one of the most beautiful books I've seen. The cover is breathtaking, the title is spot-on. I couldn't wait to dive in--and dive in, I did. I finished this book in a short single sitting and really enjoyed every minute of it.

A father-daughter healer relationship, they live on the outskirts of town tilling The Ground and fixing the "Cures." This is the part I found most fascinating. I could've read descriptions of the illnesses and their treatments all day. How did they manifest? How were they handled? Which one would be responsible for which Cure? The father/daughter dynamic was superb, showcasing an odd yet endearing relationship that transcended time, place, and religious creations.

Parts of this read like an origin story, in the style of oral storytelling tradition, while other parts were like mini interviews with people from the town. Impressions, first-hand accounts. Rumors. Structured this way, the story felt expertly-woven and had a fast-paced, slow-burn payoff. I don't know how else to describe it. The eerie tone carried quickly, even though the shocking moment unraveled only in the final pages.

Beautiful and haunting, complex and electrifying, Follow Me to Ground is an excellent edition for anyone looking for witchy, mystical elements or horror in the vein of The VVitch. 10/10 would recommend.

 

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