Published by Disney-Hyperion on June 7th 2016
The woods were insane in the dark, terrifying and magical at the same time. But best of all were the stars, which trumpeted their light into the misty dark.
Castella Cresswell and her five siblings—Hannan, Caspar, Mortimer, Delvive, and Jerusalem—know what it’s like to be different. For years, their world has been confined to their ramshackle family home deep in the woods of upstate New York. They abide by the strict rule of God, whose messages come directly from their father.
Slowly, Castley and her siblings start to test the boundaries of the laws that bind them. But, at school, they’re still the freaks they’ve always been to the outside world. Marked by their plain clothing. Unexplained bruising. Utter isolation from their classmates. That is, until Castley is forced to partner with the totally irritating, totally normal George Gray, who offers her a glimpse of a life filled with freedom and choice.
Castley’s world rapidly expands beyond the woods she knows so well and the beliefs she once thought were the only truths. There is a future waiting for her if she can escape her father’s grasp, but Castley refuses to leave her siblings behind. Just as she begins to form a plan, her father makes a chilling announcement: the Cresswells will soon return to their home in heaven. With time running out on all of their lives, Castley must expose the depth of her father’s lies. The forest has buried the truth in darkness for far too long. Castley might be their last hope for salvation.
i sat and read this book entirely in one sitting. it was completely engrossing — mostly because it freaked me out and i needed to know what happened next. i also was super excited about this book because well, my last name is Cresswell, and you don’t see many books with your last name in the title.
the book is dark, haunting, and intense. it has a kind of fervor about it that just made me dig deeper and deeper into it until there was no more to read. in no small words – i loved it. i loved every single creepy, strange, wonderful thing about it.
if you’re looking for a fast paced, ooky read : THE CRESSWELL PLOT ticks all those boxes. Five very big stars.