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Ellerie with her twin brothers and sisters live in the peaceful Amity Falls that sit on the edge of a dangerous wood. Bells and great pyres keep the darkness at bay, but when strangers appear and Ellerie's brother Sam starts acting bizarre and hostile, Ellerie finds herself wondering what she would trade to have her parents home and everything back to normal. But in small towns, darkness often isn't outside, but within the hearts of its residents.
Wow. just wow. This is a stunning sophmore novel from Craig, author of House of Salt and Sorrows. I was blown away with the build up and the dark atmosphere. I stayed up late, laundry sat unwashed, and I was utterly entranced by all the characters in this story. I loved Ellerie and her courage as well as the mysterious Whitaker who stole my heart along with hers. This is going to be one of the most popular books of 2021, so don't miss out!— Katlin Kerrison
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the critically-acclaimed author of House of Salt and Sorrows comes a mesmerizing and chilling fairy-talesque novel about Ellerie Downing, a young woman in a small town with monsters lurking in the trees and dark desires hidden in the shadows—in Amity Falls, nothing is more dangerous than a wish come true.
"Unique, enchanting, and haunting."—Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times bestselling author of the Cursebreaker series
“Full of beasts, bargains, and blood, Small Favors is a folk horror tale that feels like a classic but is utterly fresh. Sweet, dark, and complex as wildflower honey.”—Hannah Whitten, New York Times bestselling author of For the Wolf
"A deliciously dark fairy tale filled with bone-chilling horror and breathtaking romance that will keep you turning the pages long into the night."—Kara Thomas, author of The Cheerleaders and That Weekend
“As dark and romantic as it haunting, Small Favors is an eerie fairytale that I couldn’t put down.”—Alexis Henderson, author of The Year of the Witching
Ellerie Downing is waiting for something to happen. Life in isolated Amity Falls, surrounded by an impenetrable forest, has a predictable sameness. Her days are filled with tending to her family's beehives, chasing after her sisters, and dreaming of bigger things while her twin, Samuel, is free to roam as he wishes.
Early town settlers fought off monstrous creatures in the woods, and whispers that the creatures still exist keep the Downings and their neighbors from venturing too far. When some townsfolk go missing on a trip to fetch supplies, a heavy unease settles over the Falls.
Strange activities begin to plague the town, and as the seasons change, it's clear that something is terribly wrong. The creatures are real, and they're offering to fulfill the residents' deepest desires, however grand, for just a small favor. These seemingly trifling demands, however, hide sinister intentions. Soon Ellerie finds herself in a race against time to stop Amity Falls, her family, and the boy she loves from going up in flames.
About the Author
Erin A. Craig has always loved telling stories. After getting her BFA in Theatre Design and Production from the University of Michigan, she stage-managed tragic operas filled with hunchbacks, séances, and murderous clowns, then decided she wanted to write books that were just as spooky. An avid reader, an embroidery enthusiast, a rabid basketball fan, and a collector of typewriters, Erin makes her home in West Michigan with her husband and daughter. Her debut novel, House of Salt and Sorrows, has sold over 100,000 copies since it burst onto the scene in 2019.
Praise for SMALL FAVORS:
A Reese’s Book Club Recommended Spooky Read!
A POPSUGAR Best Book of July Pick!
★"[A] gloriously dark fairy tale...Erin A. Craig has conjured a spellbinding tale of magic and horror."—Shelf Awareness, starred review
“If you’re looking for a book to give you goosebumps as you read, you’re going to want to add this one to your TBR!”—The Nerd Daily
"A chilling tale about what lurks in the shadows of the people you think you know."—TOR
“Small Favors by Erin A. Craig will give you chills no matter how hot it is outside."—Popsugar
"An engrossing combination of the supernatural and human psychology."—Kirkus
"Small Favors is as much about humanity as it is about horror. Perfect for readers who love mysteries and the macabre."—BookPage
"Fans of Brenna Yovanoff and Erin Bowman will enjoy this lushly built, ominous rural America."—PW
"Craig twists a slow-burn fairy tale around classic horror tropes that ultimately land on satisfying beats."—SLJ
Praise for HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS:
“Haunting, atmospheric, and immersive.”--Bustle
“Nothing short of both haunting and mesmerizing. . .a perfect step into escapism and away from real life.”--Hypable
"It’s a fairy tale, a young-adult romance (though gothic enough for adult readers) and a whodunit too."--The Wall Street Journal
"Chilling and atmospheric."--Laura E. Weymouth, author of The Light Between Worlds
"Evocative details and lyrical, moody prose . . . a richly conceived story that blends mythic and Gothic storytelling."--PW
"The novel’s vivid, evocative atmosphere will please fans of the gothic . . . chills aplenty."--The Bulletin
"Equal parts gothic fairy tale and romance . . . compulsively readable."—SLJ
"This moody maritime retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses blends elements of suspense and horror for a gothic twist on a familiar tale. A memorably built world populated with a hauntingly doomed family."--Booklist