The whole atmosphere of the town is so perfectly rendered; everyone has secrets — even the young kids. The pacing of the gradual reveal of these secrets is masterful; Hawkins is a pro at building up just the right amount of suspense.
Another aspect of this novel that I really enjoyed was the winter setting and atmosphere. Arden does a superb job of creating a visceral environment for the reader. I felt the cold when outdoors with the characters and I reveled in the warm firelight that they huddled around at night. #WomenWriters
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