Written by: Cara Martin
Format: Trade Paperback
Size: 5.375" x 8.00"
Publication Date: May 26, 2019
YAF045000 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural
YAF062000 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Thrillers & Suspense
YAF058170 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Physical & Emotional Abuse
Shortlisted, 2020 Ottawa Book Award
Longlisted, 2020 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic
"From the opening sentence, the author piles on the dread and scares as she deconstructs Misha and Tanvi’s mostly toxic relationship with a sharp taste for emotional complexity. Employing rich language, she depicts adolescent turmoil via ominous imagery but never loses sight of the hopeful possibility of change ... Gut-wrenching on various levels."
— Kirkus Reviews
"Serious, literary, and very scary, this novel is a slow burn, taking half the book to establish character before turning to satisfying and smart horror. A good pick for thoughtful horror readers."
"Cara Martin has created a beautifully haunting rendition of the classic haunted house tale that feels true to the genre but offers a new twist."
— Canadian Review of Materials, ****
"With sparing prose, inclusive cast, and difficult themes, Cara Martin’s Shantallow is crackling YA. It addresses themes of revenge porn, abuse, drugs and sex, but at its heart is a message all young people should hear: there’s life after transgression and while it may not include forgiveness, personal amends can be made, behaviour changed, and community rediscovered."
— Ottawa Book Award jury citation
Tanvi isn’t the girl of Misha’s dreams; she’s the girl from his nightmares. She has appeared in his chilling dreams before he even meets her; when he does meet her, he falls for her.
Their relationship turns stormy, bordering on abusive, and takes a dramatic turn when they are held captive by a group hoping to extract money from Tanvi’s wealthy family.
But there is something more sinister at work, and the kidnappers and their victims find themselves struggling for survival as a supernatural force from Misha’s nightmares makes itself known in the real world.