Author Interview & Top 5 Reasons to Read Burden Falls by Kat Ellis

I am VERY excited to be sharing this book with all of you today! One of the genres that I’ve recently became obsessed with is the Horror genre and getting the chance to read and review one of them, is just absolute goals.

Burden Falls by Kat Ellis (US Title)
Wicked Little Deeds (UK Title)
: Young Adult Horror
Publishing Date: August 24, 2021

Book Info:

Content Warnings: strong elements of horror; in particular, there is some gore (relating to blood and eyes), death of 2 parents, gaslighting , and several deaths/dead bodies on-page.

Riverdale meets Stephen King in the terrifying new thriller from the author of Harrow Lake.

The town of Burden Falls drips with superstition, from rumors of its cursed waterfall to Dead-Eyed Sadie, the disturbing specter who haunts it. Ava Thorn grew up right beside the falls, and since a horrific accident killed her parents a year ago, she’s been plagued by nightmares in which Sadie comes calling—nightmares so chilling, Ava feels as if she’ll never wake up. But when someone close to Ava is brutally murdered and she’s the primary suspect, she begins to wonder if the stories might be more than legends—and if the ghost haunting her dreams might be terrifyingly real. Whatever secrets Burden Falls is hiding, there’s a killer on the loose . . . with a vendetta against the Thorns.

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Interview with Kat Ellis

Hi Kat! Thank you so much for doing this interview with me, I’m so honoured! Could you introduce yourself and your book a bit?

I’m an author from North Wales, and Burden Falls is my fifth published YA novel. There are lots of creepy ruins, cemeteries and castles near where I live, and I love exploring them — I find I get lots of my story ideas that way. 

Burden Falls tells the story of Ava Thorn, a 17-year-old girl who’s dealing with a huge loss and has just had to move out of her family home when dead bodies start turning up around her hometown. The locals are all whispering it’s Dead-Eyed Sadie — the ghost who haunts the waterfall — who’s behind the killings, but the police have their gaze set firmly on Ava. She needs to figure out who the killer is, and why they seem to have a grudge against her, before she ends up in jail, or worse.

Tell us your favourite quote and/or scene from the book?

“We all have to crawl…” is one of my favourite lines from the book. It’s a sinister phrase Ava hears in a few key scenes, and I imagine it being chanted louder and louder, like when Georgie in IT starts repeating “You’ll float too!” in the flooded basement.

If you were to write a spin-off about a side character, which would you pick?

It would be fun to write a prequel about the Haunted Heartland crew: a group of ghosthunters who Ava doesn’t exactly like at the start of the book. I’d really enjoy writing about them investigating supernatural phenomena and sharing them online.

If you could interview one of your characters (or have some tea with), who would you pick?

Freya, Ava’s school nemesis, would be an interesting character to talk to, and I’m sure she’d have a lot to say about Ava and Dead-Eyed Sadie. Or maybe I’d interview Ava’s best friends, Daphne and Carla; I bet they could spill some secrets.

Last question! What are you currently reading?

I’ve just started It’s Behind You by Kathryn Foxfield. It came out last month in the UK and is about a reality TV show where contestants have to spend a night in a haunted cave to win a massive cash prize. I loved Kathryn’s debut novel, Good Girls Die First, which is due to come out in the US this November, so I’m excited to dive into this one!

Thanks so much for interviewing me 😊

Top 5 Reasons to read Burden Falls

  • Small town vibes, family history & legacies
  • Lots of twists and turns
  • Perfect for the upcoming spooky season
  • Riverdale meets The Haunting of Hill House, so if you’re into that, READ THIS BOOK!
  • The town is rife with myth and legend, ghost stories and murders loom over the residents and surroundings areas.

Kat Ellis is the author of young adult novels Harrow Lake, PurgeBreaker, and Blackfin Sky, as well as a novella within the Three Strikes collection titled The Twins of Blackfin
Kat studied English with Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, then spent several years working in local government communications and IT. 
When she is not writing, Kat can usually be found exploring ruins and cemeteries with her camera. She is an active blogger, instagrammer and tweeter, and is represented by Molly Ker Hawn at The Bent Agency.

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