I picked up the book, “What Moves the Dead” by T. Kingfisher, solely because of the cover of the book. Very quickly into the book, the cliché “don’t judge a book by its cover” had proven true again, and the book was just OK.

The book is solid black with an image of a fungus-infested hare. The fungus seems to have taken a life of its own, and seems to have entangled itself upon the helpless animal. The title also has an eerie ring to it, and you are left expecting a little fright. Frankly, the cover was better than the book! The book is a reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Fall of the House of Usher.” The year is 1890 and Lt. Alex Easton has received a letter from her friend Madeline, who has taken ill. As Easton approaches her friend’s home, there is obvious evidence that something is off with the house where Madeline lives. There is fungus everywhere and it seems like it has taken a life of its own. We later find out that Madeline is also not really herself. She speaks funny. She sleepwalks at night. Her brother, who is taking care of her, is also a little off. And the lake that sits near the house seems to have taken a life of its own.