Book Review: Dead Voices by Katherine Arden

Genre: Middle Grade/Horror/Fantasy

I read Small Spaces, the first installment to this series, earlier this year and was creeped out and blown away by it.

You can read my review here but I don’t recommend it because my review is sucky as I was just getting into blogging and had no idea what I was doing at the tme. I mean…legit same as to what I’m doing now, amirite?

Small Spaces follows Olivia “Ollie” Adler as she encounters a strange woman who tries to throw a book called Small Spaces into a river one day. The book, more or less, is messed up but Ollie is captivated by it.

The next day on a school trip, Ollie and her classmates are stranded on a bus and they come for them. Who is they??? Well, the scarecrows of course. There is only one word of advice for them. “Avoid large places. Keep to small.”

With her group of friends: Brian and Coco, Ollie manages to do just that with the help of her broken wristwatch and now we’re onto another adventure with the trio!

Now we’re onto:


As Small Spaces was mainly Ollie’s story, Dead Voices is very much about Coco. Hey girl, we see you!

We’re on a trip to a mountain lodge for some hot chocolate and skiing! Onward to Mount Hemlock Resort. But of course, things get tricky when they all get snowed in and right away everything is creepy. Coco sees a ghost and Ollie has a seriously scary nightmare. Things get even weirder when a journalist/ghost hunter suddenly appears to investigate the strange hauntings at Mount Hemlock.

But Ollie’s dad, Coco’s mom, and the resorts’ owners are here. Nothing too bad can possibly happen when the kids are surrounded by adults right?


For a children’s/middle grade book this pulled no punches and scared me. Me the lover of all that is horrifying. The details of the ghosts and the head scary ghost in charge had me shivering. Jesus. Katherine Arden knows how to write creepy and I love it so much.

The plot was good, I have to admit I was a little disappointed in the end because it seemed to be rushed just a bit. The big reveal did actually leave me gasping because I was not expecting it in the slighted. Not at all. The writing is as crisp as ever and I love this trio so much. I can’t wait to go on even more adventures with them. I know this is going to be a 4 part series and I’m so excited to see what that will entail! I’m here until the very end.

☃️☃️☃️☃️ 4/5

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9 thoughts on “Book Review: Dead Voices by Katherine Arden

  1. I’m curious to try something else by Arden so this series might just be the thing. I wasn’t a fan of the bear and the nightingale (at least I think that’s what that book was called… 🤔🤔) but everyone else and their mother loved it so I’m sad because I feel left out 🙈😂 (yes I’m dramatic….)

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  2. OMG, why am I such a chicken!? Haha it’s the paranormal shit that always gets to me but I’m SO INTRIGUED. Like, my ‘irrational’ side is trying to rationalize that this book is for middle grade, so like, it shouldn’t be THAT creepy, RIGHT?! … Right?! I know I’m going to be so wrong about that BUT your reviews (for this and the first) make me want to read this nooow coz FOMO is real 😭🙃

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  3. Ugh, I haven’t got this one in yet from the library but I am dying to read it! I am sure I’ll be scared but it will be worth it!


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