Two things to start this review:

  1. This book is being classified as a horror, fantasy, paranormal read. While I agree with the witchy vibes this story gives off, to me this isn’t what I would consider to be a ‘Horror’ book. So don’t let that sway you away from reading this book.
  2. I adored Harrison’s first book The Return, which fell much more into the ‘Horror’ Genre. If you’re truly looking for something scary, I would suggest starting there.
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Annie is stuck. She’s just gotten out of a long term relationship and she’s finally heading out of their shared apartment, and out of NYC completely. She’s starting over in the small town of Rowan where she’s hoping to wallow in her self pity. Her first night in town she meets Sophie, who befriends Annie and sets her off on a journey to own who she is.

I really enjoyed Annie and Sophie’s friendship. They’re completely opposite characters. Annie is meek and conforming while to Annie, Sophie eludes confidence and beauty. As the two begin to build a stronger friendship, Annie starts to wonder if maybe Sophie might be a witch, which honestly would that be so bad?

This was such a uplifting story about friendship, with just the right amount of magic mixed in. I especially loved our little spider character Ralph, who made me think a spider could actually be adorable! While I enjoyed this book, it wasn’t my favorite and falls more into the hallmark/cozy story classification for me, which is why I didn’t rate it higher.

If you’re looking for a fun and cozy witchy read to get you into the Halloween spirit, than Cackle is perfect for you!


Cackle comes out October 5, 2021. Huge thank you to Berkley Publishing for my advanced copy for my honest review. If you liked this review please let me know either by commenting below or by visiting my Instagram @speakingof_books.


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