After living in the city so that Orla could continue her career as a ballerina, Ben and Orla are ready to make a change after her retirement from the stage. They find the perfect farmhouse, with a bucolic setting in the country, and with their two children, set out to create a new life for themselves. Ben is especially excited, as his muse seems to have found him, and the beautiful setting has inspired a new direction for his paintings. And yet…while they can’t seem to put their finger on it, something seems..off. Are those trees closer to the house than they were yesterday? Strange animals and other phenomena appear. Soon, it becomes clear that there’s some sort of entity that’s trying to communicate with them, and it doesn’t want them to go anywhere. Their hopes and dreams for the future have quickly turned into a nightmare.
If you read Baby Teeth by this author, then you know that she’s really good at creeping us out. While Baby Teeth was more of a psychological thriller, Wonderland falls more into the horror genre. With its slow building suspense, the sense of complete isolation, and the atmospheric setting, you can’t help but be drawn in to the story. I can’t wait to see what Ms. Stage comes up with next!
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