House of Thorns (Hardcover)

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In the vein of The Haunting of Hill House, a teen returns to the mysterious house from her past to search for her missing sister and uncover the truth of Brier Hall in this atmospheric and eerie modern gothic novel.

Lia Peartree is haunted—by memories, by her past, by secrets, by the ones she left behind. Five years ago, the Peartrees fled their home—the infamous ancestral Brier Hall—and never looked back. But her oldest sister went missing that night, and there’s been no sign of her since.

In the aftermath, the Peartrees are traumatized and get by however they can. Lia’s remaining sister Ali says yes to any bad idea, and Lia tries so desperately to be the perfect daughter that it’s tearing her apart. But as the five year anniversary of the night they left nears, Lia begins seeing her missing sister everywhere, and memories of Brier Hall won’t leave her alone.

When Ali disappears with no warning except a cryptic phone call—“don’t follow me when I’m gone”—Lia is sure she’s gone back to Brier Hall. Lia must go home one final time and face what haunts her in an effort to find her sisters and uncover the truth of her past.

About the Author

Isabel Strychacz is from a small town in the San Francisco Bay Area. An alumna of Mills College with degrees in English and history, she is getting her MFA degree in creative writing from Manchester Metropolitan University. She currently lives in England with her husband and daughter where she works as a copywriter for a PR and communications agency. She’s the author of the novel Starling and House of Thorns. You can find her online @IsabelStrychaczAuthor (Instagram, TikTok, and Threads), @IsabelStrychacz (X, previously known as Twitter), and at 

Praise For…

"A beautifully creepy tale of love, loss, and healing, House of Thorns will keep you just as trapped as Brier Hall until the last page is turned."


— Hannah Whitten, New York Times bestselling author of For the Wolf

“House of Thorns is an addictive read brimming with tension and intrigue. Strychacz’s prose is what really sets the mood—it’s emotional and evocative, soft and sharp in all the right places. This is a story of sisterhood, of first love, of being haunted in more ways than one. I found myself saying ‘just one more chapter’ over and over again.”
— MK Lobb, author of the Seven Faceless Saints duology

"Breathlessly tense and feverishly beautiful, House of Thorns will haunt you from the moment you step inside."
— Tara Goedjen, author of No Beauties or Monsters

"Cleverly written, eerie and atmospheric, House of Thorns is an intricate gothic tale that lingers like a haunting dream."
— Lyndall Clipstone, author of Lakesedge and Unholy Terrors

Product Details
ISBN: 9781665942591
ISBN-10: 1665942592
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 20th, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English