Sparrow is a town where high school students long for summer.
Sparrow is a town where little cakes help you forget memories that are plaguing you.
Sparrow is a town that has a dark history that calls beckons you in.
Sparrow is a town that is cursed.
This town was built on revenge. And it’s never made anything better or right.
Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of her hometown. Tourists crowd it during the summer, eager to see its macabre season play out. As a main character, Penny has just the right amount of skepticism regarding the way things are in her town. Penny definitely spins the story to make the reader more sympathetic toward her, so there’s a little bit of an unreliable narrator aspect going on as we read, though she is a very engaging narrator. We learn about Sparrow and the curse the murdered sisters cast just before their death through her and follow as she tries to find who the three sisters have possessed. I loved reading how she went from trying to avoid everything about the Swan season to being very much in the center of trying to solve it. Penny has a very nice character arc within the novel and I thought the way she was forced to grow up a little bit more each summer was done really well.
Everyone believes they are immune. Until they’re not.
This is a book that is pretty dark. There’s this belief in the town that if a Swan sister is found, you can rid the town of her––and possibly her sisters––if you kill her. The only problem with this is that you’d also kill the possessed girl. And there are some who don’t see a problem with this. That is so so dark! People around Penny just act though this is an acceptable outcome and it really showcased how there’s a townspeople v. outsider view. For an outsider, they may think this is insane to contemplate. But as a citizen of Sparrow, this is something they consider every summer.