Today is release day for my eighth book for teens and middle grade readers, The Carrefour Curse! Inspired by my childhood love of all things gothic, including gothic mysteries by Mary Stewart, Mary Roberts Rinehart, and Virginia Coffman — but especially the supernatural soap opera, Dark Shadows, The Carrefour Curse features a crumbling mansion, dark family secrets, intergenerational trauma, and doors that open to other times.
★ “[A] standout, genre-bending dark fantasy. . . . Salerni enlivens classic horror tropes and gothic ambience, complete with a sentient manor house, blending wry humor with atmospheric descriptions. . . .”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
★ “Salerni’s gothic charmer is deliciously creepy and atmospheric, building an immersive fantasy world that gently explores intergenerational trauma. . . . An enchanting and evocative tale.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“A fun page-turner that touches on the deeper themes of family, identity, and what it means to pay for the sins of the past.”—Booklist
“Spooky, dark, and enthralling. I couldn’t put it down until every mystery had been solved.” —Cassie Beasley, New York Times bestselling author of Circus Mirandus
I’m really excited for young (and not as young) readers to get their hands on this book.
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