Fiercely written and beautifully feminist. THE COLD IS IN HER BONES reminds us of the power of loyalty and love in the face of ignorance and fear. I loved this tale of dangerous girls with wild hair and tangled hearts.
— Lisa Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Magician
A fresh, eerily compelling tale of betrayal, revenge, and the ties that bind. When van Arsdale paints a world, you can feel the fog against your skin.
— Elly Blake, New York Times bestselling author of The Frostblood Saga


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Milla knows two things to be true: Demons are real, and fear will keep her safe.

Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she’s forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next.

Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris. When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever. Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own: Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself.

Suspenseful and vividly imagined, The Cold is in Her Bones is a novel about the dark, reverberating power of pain, the yearning to be seen and understood, and the fragile optimism of love.

To Protect Your Home from Demons:

1.  If you see a snake, kill it. Then burn it.
2.  Pour salt where the air comes in—sills, thresholds, hearths.
3.  Stay inside after dark. Lock tight doors and windows.
4.  Pray.


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Praise for The Cold Is In Her Bones

Milla is every girl who chafes against society’s expectations; every girl who has ever been told or made to feel that she is not enough—in short, Milla is Every Girl.
— Billie Bloebaum, Third Street Books
Living as a woman in a closed-minded town can feel like a constant scream caught in your throat—a feeling Peternelle van Arsdale so beautifully articulates.
— Sami Thomason, Square Books
The premise? Awesome. And the execution? Unreal.
— Romy Griepp, Once Upon a Time Bookstore