Readers will be enchanted ... Albert delivers the twisted fairy-tale magic that fans of her Hinterland novels have come to love, along with sharp prose, dark family secrets and a captivating coming-of-age journey for its teenage protagonist. Albert expertly blends mundane high school drama...with black magic ... Presented against the vividly rendered and decidedly realistic backdrops of 1990s Chicago and present-day suburbia, all of these elements come together to create a truly bewitching novel ... Every gripping chapter of Our Crooked Hearts is packed with suspense, spellbinding prose and impossible decisions. Despite their otherworldly proclivities, Albert's dimensional characters feel wholly believable as they grapple with questions of protection, betrayal, friendship and the price of power.
[Albert] employs familiar themes and techniques, but at a new level of mastery, producing a standalone novel so precise and enthralling that the only possible explanation is that Albert herself is a witch ... The story casts its spell at once, ensnaring readers with incantatory language and a wickedly slow burning plot ... Albert’s meticulous craftwork shines ... Albert is able to conjure a deeply resonant emotional reality, as well as a fully realized, wonderfully creepy reality-reality, and for a horror-tinged fantasy, that is especially engrossing. This is a novel that will be devoured as well as savored.
Dana’s and Ivy’s narratives intertwine, rocketing toward a nail-biting conclusion guaranteed to keep readers up all night ... While a romance is present, love in all its forms—platonic, parental, and romantic—is thoughtfully explored with gravitas and nuance ... Riveting, creepy, and utterly bewitching; do not miss this one.