Ivy has been raised by her single mother her whole life in a small, dark Pennsylvania village. Ivy spent many of her childhood days playing in the basement of the town's pharmacy, owned and operated by twins Adolf and Abner Rumbaughs. When she is seven, she finds a disturbing secret -- her introduction to the mother-love curse of the Rumbaughs. A curse bound by blood and strong enough to last generations, separations, and death.
This book is chock-full of death, love, and taxidermy. Though the setting is contemporary, the atmosphere is decidedly Victorian, and those with an interest in the Gothic and macabre, or with an altogether obsession with things dark and disturbing, will find a lot to revel in with this story. Boys, you might just find this to be quite creepy. The ew-factor is immense!
Reviewed by kate the librarian. (I'm still getting shivers just thinking about it.)