THE DARK WE KNOW
Gillian Flynn Books/Zando Young Readers, 13 August 2024
From Gillian Flynn Books, a lyrical YA horror that’s perfect for fans of She Is a Haunting, Stephen King’s It, and The Haunting of Hill House.
Art student Isadora Chang swore never to return to Slater. Growing up, Isa never felt at ease in the repressive former mining town, even before she realized she was bisexual—but after the deaths of two of her childhood friends, Slater went from feeling claustrophobic to suffocating. Isa took off before the town could swallow her, too, even though it meant leaving behind everything she knew, including her last surviving friend Mason.
When Isa’s abusive father kicks the bucket, she agrees to come back just long enough to collect the inheritance. But then Mason, son of the local medium, turns up at the cemetery with a revelation and a plea: their friends were murdered by a supernatural entity, and he needs Isa to help stop the evil—before it takes anyone else.
When Isa begins to hear strange songs on the wind, and eerie artwork fills her sketchbook that she can’t recall drawing, she’s forced to stop running and confront her past. Because something is waiting in the shadows of Slater’s valleys, something that feeds on the pain and heartbreak of its children. Whatever it is, it knows Isa’s back… and it won’t let her escape twice.
content warnings: suicidal ideation & suicide, references to self-harm, references to disordered eating, pregnancy scare/anxiety, death & dead bodies, body horror, grief and depression, domestic abuse, blood, overtones of religious abuse, homophobia