I am not welcome. Somehow I know that. Something doesn’t want me here.
Daffodil Franklin has plans for a quiet summer before her freshman year at college, and luckily, she’s found the job that can give her just that: housesitting a mansionfor a wealthy couple.
But as the summer progresses and shadows lengthen, Daffodil comes to realize the house is more than it appears. The spacious home seems to close in on her, and as she takes the long road into town, she feels eyes on her the entire way, and something tugging her back.
What Daffodil doesn’t yet realize is that her job comes with a steep price. The house has a long-ago grudge it needs to settle… and Daffodil is the key to settling it.
This is, hands down, my favourite book cover this year. The colour palette, the creepiness of the house, the font, it just all works for me. I’ve been burned by some anticipated reads this year, but this story just grabbed me and had me flipping through the pages, which hasn’t happened in a while.
Daffodil’s voice is a unique one, and I could see some readers finding her annoying. However, I felt like Daffodil was me, a girl that hears a creepy scratching sound in the kitchen and decides the best plan is to go to bed and pretend it doesn’t exist, who spends her days in a creepy house lying in bed, eating ramen and watching trash TV.
There’s an underlying mystery to the story as Daffodil slowly uncovers her repressed memories, while looking after an old house for the summer. There’s some truly creepy, scary moments in this story too, and a constant feeling that anything could happen, or anyone could appear at any moment. After watching Hill House and Bly Manor, I need more books like this.