Lucretia and the Kroons
by Victor Lavalle
Summary: Lucretia’s best friend and upstairs neighbor Sunny—a sweet pitbull of a kid, even as she struggles with a mysterious illness—has gone missing. The only way to get her back is for Lucretia to climb the rickety fire escape of their Queens tenement and crawl through the window of apartment 6D, portal to a vast shadowland of missing kids ruled by a nightmarish family of mutants whose designs on the children are unknown. Her search for Sunny takes Lucretia through a dark fantasyland where she finds lush forests growing from concrete, pigeon-winged rodents, and haunted playgrounds. Her quest ultimately forces her to confront the most frightening specter of all: losing, forever, the thing you love the most.
Lucretia and the Kroons is a dazzlingly imaginative adventure story and a moving exploration of the power of friendship and the terror of loss. This all-new novella serves as the perfect companion piece to The Devil in Silver, a thrillingly suspenseful work of literary horror that continues the story of Lucretia.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This was a short novella, but full of adventure. I really enjoyed it.
Lucretia’s brother tells her a story about the people upstairs in apartment 6D that frightens and intrigues Lucretia. Her best friend Sunny is struggling with cancer and is supposed to hang out for 2 hours in Lucretia’s apartment. When she doesn’t show up, Lucretia discovers she may have been in apartment 6D and embarks on an adventure to find her.
While it reads like middle grade fiction, it was quite enjoyable for me. I realized the lesson learned here is how to cope with loss and Lucretia’s adventure helps her say goodbye to her friend. It was well written and descriptive. This story had a powerful message about loss and terror.
The book opens with the quote “I wrote these words for everyone who struggles in their youth".” by Lauryn Hill, ‘Everything is Everything’
This is the perfect quote to open this book, as it’s the true meaning of it.
“Louis turned out to be right about one thing, however: Being young didn’t protect anyone. Horrors came for kids, too. She understood that now.”