Wake the Bones by Elizabeth Kilcoyne


“YA horror has found a new standard-bearer.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Dark, gripping, and gorgeous, Wake the Bones will lead you into the woods and keep you up late. As lush and sweltering as a Kentucky summer… Elizabeth Kilcoyne is a force.” – Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author

The sleepy little farm that Laurel Early grew up on has awakened. The woods are shifting, the soil is dead under her hands, and her bone pile just stood up and walked away.

After dropping out of college, all she wanted was to resume her life as a tobacco hand and taxidermist and try not to think about the boy she can’t help but love. Instead, a devil from her past has returned to court her, as he did her late mother years earlier. Now, Laurel must unravel her mother’s terrifying legacy and tap into her own innate magic before her future and the fate of everyone she loves is doomed.

Elizabeth Kilcoyne’s Wake the Bones is a dark, atmospheric debut about the complicated feelings that arise when the place you call home becomes hostile.

“Seething with shadows, summer, and uniquely southern magic, Wake the Bones is a powerful debut that captures the ache of home being a place you simultaneously love and loathe.” – Hannah Whitten, New York Times bestselling author of For the Wolf

My Thoughts

Holy Hell! I felt like I was reading Stephen King for the first time as I raced through this amazing story. Elizabeth Kilcoyne spins a story so full of terror that your nails will be bitten to the quick before you’re done.

Everything is here – the small group of ordinary humans battling great evil, an outcast with the sight, a small-minded small town, and the greatest evil of all – the Devil himself.

Everything written about this incredible debut is true. This would make an amazing movie. The special effects alone would be incredible.

Highly recommended for horror fans.

Publication Date: July 12, 2022
Published by: St. Martin’s Press
Thanks to Netgalley for the review copy