Author: VE Schwab
If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.
There are no strangers in the town of Near.
These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life. But when an actual stranger, a boy who seems to fade like smoke, appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true. The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion.
As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi's need to know about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, and about the history of this nameless boy.-Goodreads
Review: This is Schwab's debut novel written when she was a college student. It's a fairy tale type of story set in the old days, in a small town of Near that is bordered by a forest and moor. It has witches. It has a strong female lead. It is dark and gloomy, atmospheric and as much as I hate to say it (because I love this author), a tad boring. I think the story itself was good and this have been a strong short story, there just wasn't a lot happening for most of the book.