BLOG TOUR: Wicked Little Deeds by Kat Ellis
Hey everyone, and welcome to my stop on the Wicked Little Deeds blog tour. To start off with, I’d like to say a huge thank you to The Write Reads for allowing me to take part in this blog tour, because Wicked Little Deeds ended up being a corker of a novel!
If you’ve visited one of my blog tour stops before, you’ll know how I run things around here. In case you’re new, before I share my thoughts on Wicked Little Deeds I’m going to share some more information about the book, so if you’d like to skip straight to my review feel free to scroll past the cover and synopsis below.
Now, let’s get on with it!
From its creepy town mascot to the story of its cursed waterfall, Burden Falls is a small town dripping with superstition. Ava Thorn knows this well – since the horrific accident she witnessed a year ago, she’s been plagued by nightmares.
But when her school nemesis is brutally murdered and Ava is the primary suspect, she starts to wonder if the legends surrounding the town are more fact than fiction.
Whatever secrets Burden Falls is hiding, there’s a killer on the loose, and they have a vendetta against the Thorns…
When I began reading Wicked Little Deeds – also known as Burden Falls in America – I thought it was going to be a standard YA high school drama. Perfect for fans of Truly Devious and One of Us is Lying, but not something which would dramatically stand out from the crowd.
Thankfully, my first impressions were completely wrong.
Wicked Little Deeds is subtly weaved with supernatural elements which will have you second guessing everything you read. The townsfolk of Burden Falls blame all of their troubles on local legend Dead-Eyed Sadie, a ghost linked to protagonist Ava Thorn’s ancestors, and I found myself convinced that the spook was certainly the culprit.
Kat Ellis is skilled at writing unsettling scenes, and at multiple points during my reading of Wicked Little Deeds I had a shiver running down my spine and the uncontrollable urge to check over my shoulder in case Sadie was stood there watching me. I don’t spook easily, so that alone is a huge endorsement for this book! If you’re a seasonal mood reader this is a book you have to pick up in October, when the nights are drawing in and Halloween is on the horizon.
As well as the supernatural elements, the murder mystery really keeps you guessing. Is Sadie the culprit, or is the murderer one of the residents of Burden Falls? Could it be one of Ava’s fellow students, or possibly even a teacher? Everyone is under suspicion, and the need to discover who is responsible for the crime spree makes this a fast read. Wicked Little Deeds comes in at 400 pages, but it honestly felt like it was only 250 pages because of how quickly I flew through it.
I’m proud to say I did predict the ending, but I squealed when the murderer was revealed because it was such a satisfying conclusion to the story. It takes a lot for a YA thriller to impress me, but Wicked Little Deeds ticked all of the boxes. I haven’t read Kat Ellis’s 2020 release Harrow Lake yet, but I’ve also heard great things about that book and I’m looking forward to picking it up soon.
I gave Wicked Little Deeds four stars, and it deserved every one of them.
About the author:
Kat Ellis is a young adult author whose novels include Wicked Little Deeds/Burden Falls (August 2021), Harrow Lake (July 2020), Purge (September 2016), Breaker (May 2016), and Blackfin Sky (May 2014). She is a fan of all things horror and sci-fi, and a keen explorer of ruins, castle and cemeteries – all of which are plentiful in North Wales, where Kat lives with her husband.
That’s it for my stop on the Wicked Little Deeds blog tour! I hope you enjoyed this review. Let me know if you’re planning to pick up Kat Ellis’s newest release any time soon.
See you again next week, for another The Write Reads blog tour. It’s going to be a fun one!
Thanks for reading,