author: Amanda M. Lee
series: Mystic Caravan #5
published: 5 February 2018
publisher: WinchesterShaw Publications
genre(s): cozy mystery, paranormal
source: Kindle Unlimited
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Mystic Caravan Circus is heading to the West Coast, and while everyone is happy for the change of scenery there's a pall settling over the group.
Poet and Kade are in a good place and planning for a change, but it's something Poet can't focus on because she feels as if someone is watching … and whoever it is has evil in his or her heart.
The festival location is different, and instead of space, the circus denizens have festival workers and artisans on every side. They're open and exposed, and hiding their secret has never been more important.
When one of their own goes missing, Poet is determined to figure out exactly what's going on. The answers won't be easy, though, and there are all different types of evil.
A fight is coming, and the enemy is different from anything they've ever faced. They're outnumbered and might find themselves outmaneuvered.
Who will survive? More importantly, who will be lost to something even worse than death? Sometimes death really is better.
- my review
- a few notes
Freaky Places is my favorite of the series so far! It was so intense, dark, and deep. And the sense of anticipation was so strong. The addition of creepy dolls really added to the story, adding an element of fear and horror to it all.
I love the snark and humor of Poet and the others. It’s a light-hearted element needed in the midst of the fear and the suspense.
One thing I could do without… Kade’s constant questioning and hovering over Poet. I get caring and worrying, but it comes off as if she is incapable of managing her own life and responsibilities. As if she hadn’t been doing just that for years before meeting her.
But all in all, a fun read!
content warning: ❗some graphic violence❗
POV: 1st person
keywords/phrases: circus, magic, monsters, dolls
cover notes: love it!
- 2023 Craving For Cozies Reading Challenge