Book Review: The Worst Is Yet to Come by S.P. Miskowski

It's been a heck of a few weeks, hasn't it? My apologies for abandoning my blog for a bit there. I've been reading all of your lovely comments and thank you SO much for the visits. Now that I am apparently going to be spending all of my time here at home I plan to be a better blogging friend and I hope you are all doing as well as you possibly can as our world continues to turn upside down 

The Worst Is Yet To Come by S.P. Miskowski

Released February 2019

Dark Fiction  |  Goodreads  |  Amazon 

Source: Received for Review Consideration
2019 Bram Stoker Award® Nominee for Superior Achievement in a Novel

For most of her fourteen years, Tasha Davis has languished in the rural-suburban town of Skillute, Washington. Her parents offer plenty of comfortable—if stifling—emotional support, but what she needs is a best friend.

In her final year at Clark Middle School, Tasha meets a strange, new classmate. Briar Kenny is the self-styled rebel Tasha wants to be, and the Davises are the kind of close-knit family Briar covets. A moment of unexpected violence spawns a secret between the two girls and awakens a mystery from the past.

Unknown to Tasha and Briar, their secret also attracts something monstrous from a forgotten corner of Skillute. The town is haunted by its history, scarred with the lingering spirit of broken and scattered families, abandoned real estate ventures, and old scores never settled between neighbors. But there’s more to the place than memory and legend. Beneath the landscape something malignant rages, and it will stop at nothing to find a route into the physical world.

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“This is the one. She’s no good, you’ll see.” (Ooops, I feel called out, lol)

Tasha doesn’t have any close friends. She doesn’t fit the mold of the overly tanned and waxed crew in her school and when she catches the eye of new girl Briar, she feels an instant kinship and steps in when she spies her getting harassed by the class bully. They soon start hanging out in a whimsical and overgrown garden (where I’d like to live forever) but the bully finds them and things take a sinister turn. There are things in their tiny town that lurk and feast on pain, suffering, and darkness and it seems they are just getting started. 

I never quite knew where this story was headed and I loved that. I loved the off-kilter feeling of this book. There’s a feeling of inescapable dread that blankets everything past and present and I absolutely loved that too. I mean, you know the worst is coming but how bad is the worst going to get? And will any of them ever be okay again? I had to know because I was worried about these kids.

Teen girls and high emotions and secrets all make for a potent mix that is irresistible to malignant spirits and to me, apparently. The two teens, Tasha and Briar, are fantastically, messily flawed and their parents aren’t any better. There is so much dysfunction in this story that feeds right into the malignant forces hiding in the corners. It all meshes so well. 

As I was reading, I discovered this book is only one piece of a world created by the author in several other books. I think I would have benefited from reading those stories first because #1 I am nosy and #2 there are a few loose ends and comments in regards to previous events mentioned here that I didn’t fully comprehend. Maybe it was my distracted brain? That’s entirely possible these days but I can’t answer that because *cries* I READ THINGS OUT OF ORDER AGAIN! Anyhow, this book does stand decently all on its lonesome and I’m going to read the other books whenever I get my life back to some state of normal (fingers crossed).

If you’re looking for an intoxicating read that doesn't throw all of its scares in your face (not that there’s anything wrong with that!) then I feel pretty good about saying this is the book for you. Look out for the slow creep because that’s what’s gonna get you here!

4 1/2 out of 5


  1. This sounds pretty good! I'm on board for teen angst and bad parents, as long as those things are well done๐Ÿ˜

    1. Both are done well here! I think you'll like it a lot.

  2. Sounds like my kind of read. I'll have to look for any and all books by this author.
    Glad you're still alive. Hope you're doing well. :)

  3. This is new to me but it sounds pretty good.

  4. Has it been weeks? Feels like years lol

    I'm tentatively picking up the reading pace & I have a review I need to write this week. We shall see.

    I think we're all forgiving of our fellow bloggers right now :-)

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

    1. It does feel like years, doesn't it?! I hope you have a better reading week. Mine is still pretty dismal.

  5. Hope you have a great week and yep, things are strange in the world to say the least. I am AA (absolutely anal) about reading in order so I'd have to find the order out first or it would drive me crazy. Congrats on writing a review!

    1. Thanks, Barb! I haven't written one or read a book since though. Yikes!!

  6. It's been a strange and scary time hasn't it and we're all struggling to find a balance in our new reality. Blogging is kind of keeping me sane right now!


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