Alone by Cyn Balog

My Rating: 4 Stars!

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Publish Date: November 7th, 2017

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review

Purchase: Amazon


“A bloody, wonderfully creepy scare ride.” -Kirkus Reviews

When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda’s almost excited to spend the summer there. The grounds are beautiful and it’s fun to explore the sprawling house with its creepy rooms and secret passages. Except now her mom wants to renovate, rather than sell the estate—which means they’re not going back to the city…or Seda’s friends and school.

As the days grow shorter, Seda is filled with dread. They’re about to be cut off from the outside world, and she’s not sure she can handle the solitude or the darkness it brings out in her.

Then a group of teens get stranded near the mansion during a blizzard. Seda has no choice but to offer them shelter, even though she knows danger lurks in the dilapidated mansion—and in herself. And as the snow continues to fall, what Seda fears most is about to become her reality…

Opening Sentence: “Welcome to the Bismarck-Chisholm House—where murder is only the beginning of the fun!”


Alone is creepy yet undeniably fun. Seda is probably one of the most insane characters I have ever read about, but I adored her. However, there was no one I adored more then her two little twin sets of brothers and sisters.

What really made this story go over the top for me was the setting. An old hotel that was once used as a murder mystery experience. With all the escape rooms and unique spooky experiences that have been popping up in the last few years I was so excited to find out that an older murder hotel experience was where this book took place.

I felt like I was watching a horrifically strange movie while reading Alone. With a eccentric mom whose a writer, twins who sleep with intestines (not real ones but still), and Seda who absorbed her own twin in the womb (whom talks in her head) Alone has all the ingredients to shock yet lead you along in its otherworldly mystery.

If you love getting the daylight scared out of you and a really good mystery I recommend this book 100%. It’s unsettling, but incredibly unique and I ate it up!

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments.

-Till next time!

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