Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Review - Dead Voices by Katherine Arden

Dead Voices by Katherine Arden
Series: Small Spaces #2
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 27, 2019
Date Read: October 22, 2019
Length: 236 pages
Source: Library
Bestselling author Katherine Arden returns with another creepy, spine-tingling adventure in this follow-up to the critically acclaimed Small Spaces.

Having survived sinister scarecrows and the malevolent smiling man in Small Spaces, newly minted best friends Ollie, Coco, and Brian are ready to spend a relaxing winter break skiing together with their parents at Mount Hemlock Resort. But when a snowstorm sets in, causing the power to flicker out and the cold to creep closer and closer, the three are forced to settle for hot chocolate and board games by the fire.

Ollie, Coco, and Brian are determined to make the best of being snowed in, but odd things keep happening. Coco is convinced she has seen a ghost, and Ollie is having nightmares about frostbitten girls pleading for help. Then Mr. Voland, a mysterious ghost hunter, arrives in the midst of the storm to investigate the hauntings at Hemlock Lodge. Ollie, Coco, and Brian want to trust him, but Ollie's watch, which once saved them from the smiling man, has a new cautionary message: BEWARE.

With Mr. Voland's help, Ollie, Coco, and Brian reach out to the dead voices at Mount Hemlock. Maybe the ghosts need their help--or maybe not all ghosts can or should be trusted.

Dead Voices is a terrifying follow-up to Small Spaces with thrills and chills galore and the captive foreboding of a classic ghost story.
My Review

This was a fantastic haunted house story for the middle-grade set but it should appeal to a wide range of readers.  This is the second book in the Small Spaces series but it could be read as a stand-alone despite the fact that events from the first book are discussed.  I really enjoyed the spooky feel that this story had and found that I was really eager to see how things would work out.  All in all, I thought this was a well-done novel.

Ollie, Coco, and Brian are off on another adventure.  This time they are headed to a ski resort with Ollie's dad and Coco's mom.  There is so much snow that they are the only ones that are able to make it to the resort.   Things at the resort are less than ideal because of the storm but they are determined to make the most of it.  There is some excitement with the addition of a new guest that knows some of the less than positive history of the resort.

I loved the spooky atmosphere of this story.  I was worried about these kids anytime they went off by themselves in the resort.  Learning the things that happened in the building before it became a ski lodge only added to the creepy feel.  Ollie, Coco, and Brian are all great characters and I love their friendship.  They really do watch out for each other when it is necessary.  I wasn't sure how things would work out but it was nice to know that these kids were in it together.

I would recommend this book to others.  I started reading this series because I love Katherine Arden's writing and wanted to read more of it.  I picked up this book because of how much I enjoyed the first.  I found this to be a creepy and atmospheric tale filled with fantastic characters.  I can't wait to see what happens to Ollie, Coco, and Brian next!

Small Spaces Series
Book #1 - Small Spaces - My Review
Book #2 - Dead Voices
About the Author

Born in Austin, Texas, Katherine Arden spent a year of high school in Rennes, France. Following her acceptance to Middlebury College in Vermont, she deferred enrollment for a year in order to live and study in Moscow. At Middlebury, she specialized in French and Russian literature. After receiving her BA, she moved to Maui, Hawaii, working every kind of odd job imaginable, from grant writing and making crêpes to guiding horse trips. Currently she lives in Vermont, but really, you never know.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


  1. Sounds like a creepy but fun read for middle-graders!

  2. I want to read these two and the fact that this one has a snowy setting intrigues me even more!

  3. This definitely sounds like something I would have enjoyed in middle school!

  4. cool cover. the more i look at it, the more i see. saw the title and figured this would be a good one. i mean, what can go wrong when you're snowed in. LOL
    sherry @ fundinmental

  5. Oh I don't read a lot of middle grades novel but this one looks good!

  6. The ski resort sounds super creepy, I love it! Ollie, Coco, and Brian sound like characters that I would really like. Glad you enjoyed it!

  7. I was drawn to the first book and this one sounds like more good stuff. MG horror might just be my speed. :)

  8. Oh another one? I am sure I just saw a review for book 1

  9. Ooh sounds like an interesting one. I like spooky stories and this definitely intrigues me. Great review.

  10. A haunted house story sounds cool, and I'm glad to hear that even if this one is for the middle-grade set, it does the job for us adults as well. Really happy you loved it!

  11. I still have to read the first book and I'm glad you enjoyed this one too.

  12. I like this author for her fantasy series. I had the impression this was more horror but maybe it was the middle grade which made me pass on it. I do love the covers and I'm glad you are enjoying them.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  13. I love a good spooky MG book :D this series sounds so good. I now want to check out both.

  14. I've been getting into MG more and more, so I might add this to my pile. Incidentally, I just recently enjoyed City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab -- which is also geared towards younger audience.

  15. I still haven't read her other series! I need to dive into that one. I've heard such good things about her books. This one sounds good too!


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