Book Review: Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

Name:  Nothing But Blackened Teeth
Author:  
Cassandra Khaw
Number of Pages: 
128 (Kindle)
Published: 
October 19th 2021 by Titan Books
Genre: Horror

Goodreads

A group of thrill-seeking friends in search of the perfect wedding venue plan to spend the night in a Heian-era mansion. Long abandoned, and unknown to them, this mansion rests on the bones of a bride, and its walls are packed with the remains of the girls sacrificed to keep her company.
Their night of food, drinks, and games quickly spirals into a nightmare, as the house welcomes its new guests. For lurking in the shadows is the ghost bride with a black smile and a hungry heart.
And she gets lonely down there in the dirt.

My Rating:

3diamonds

My Thoughts:

In Nothing But Blackened Teeth a group of friends arrive to spend a night in an abandoned mansion. Two of the group are getting married, and it’s the dream of the bride-to-be to find such a place, somewhere haunted, with a story.
Well, they certainly do that, for in this particular mansion is said to be the haunt of a heartbroken bride-to-be, one who died before her happy-ever-after, and who still waits within the walls for her ill-fated groom.

It’s a novella, so things get going quickly after the introductions to the group – friends but with a number of simmering tensions between them and with troubles and conflicts still going on. Some of this is alluded to, some is more blatant, such as the antagonism between our main narrator Cat and the bride-to-be Talia. They really do not like each other to the point that Talia makes it clear that Cat isn’t really welcome at all.

The house itself is creepy as can be, with abandoned rooms, rot that’s set in, a room full of creepy dolls, the smells that Cat notices, and other things that may be lurking within the walls of this old place, so the atmosphere is vivid almost from the moment they step into the house and remains so throughout.

The tension builds as the group plays a game of ghost stories and bickers amongst themselves and the house seems to come to life around them, almost feeding off these tensions, and the appearance of a certain ghostly figure drives the tale onwards until the inevitable escalation towards a violent and gory conclusion. The story feels quite surreal at times and there’s a lot going on in a short number of pages. I wanted something a bit different in my next read and this certainly was.

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18 thoughts on “Book Review: Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

  1. @lynnsbooks says:

    I’m not going to lie but this one is definitely an absolute case of too successful a cover – it just feels scary. I don’t think I can be in the same room as that cover! Happy to see that you enjoyed this enough to be curious about what the author will come up with next.
    Lynn 😀

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