Verdict: An original witchy tale.
Betty Widershins and her two sisters are cursed never to leave the gloomy island that has always been their home. For an adventurous girl like Betty, that will never do! When each sister receives a magical heirloom, they set out to break the curse, starting with the possibly haunted Crowstone prison.
The book cover might look gorgeous, but the author does a fantastic job of building up a gloomy marshland as the backdrop of this spooky witch tale. It's very atmospheric.
The three ruff and tumble sisters make quite the team as they try to break the Widdershins curse. Each sister has a different personality: Betty the adventurous, Fliss the caring, and Charlie the cheeky. The sisters have a lovely bond which makes this book feel that little bit more special.
It's a fun, magical story that's easy to breeze through, and unlike any story I've read before. It ends in a satisfying manner making it viable as a standalone story, which is my new favourite thing.
The tale might get dark at times with revenge and murder, but it's ultimately a feel good adventure that's fun for all the family. As middle grade goes, this is one of my favourites.
Source: With thanks to the publisher via Netgalley. Audiobook version.