Twixt is a moving, beautifully told tale about redemption and whether one can ever truly be beyond hope of said redemption. Diemer has definitely developed and improved her writing since The Dark Wife. Not to say the aforementioned novel is bad, because it certainly isn’t, but there’s a marked difference in how that novel read compared to this one, and it’s all an improvement. At the core of the story is a mystery, or actually several. Who is the girl who woke up in the snow, covered in blood? Where did she come from? Why can’t she remember her past, even with the help of something to remind her? How does Abeo City operate, what are the creatures who terrorize the City and snatch away its residents, where do they take them? All of these questions are answered in time, and the way Diemer builds upon the mystery and delivers the answers is especially satisfying. This is due also to the terrific world building in the novel. It’s honestly some of the most creative world building I’ve seen. There are so many layers to Abeo City and its residents and creatures that I’m still thinking about the world a week after I’ve finished the book. Added to that, Diemer manages to capture a great atmosphere in her writing about Abeo City. There’s always a steady sense of unease present in the text, even when the characters are happy, and the City is incredibly creepy. Granted, it is a little easy to guess what exactly Abeo City is after a while. But for the most part, Diemer keeps the reader guessing, and the eventual reveal of what the City is and how it came to be more than made up for how obvious it was where the characters are. If there were any downside to the novel, it’s that the main couple do veer perilously close to insta-love. Diemer, for the most part, avoids it a little by having there be a mutual attraction instead of immediate love. But it does progress at a fast rate, due to the short length of the novel. Still, the relationship was sweet, and I also enjoyed Lottie’s relationships with the rest of the cast, who all get their moments to shine. This book reminded me of why Diemer is one of my favourite authors, and why I’ll read anything she puts out. She’s just so good, and her stories are always wonderful. Twixt is no different.See more of my reviews at On The Nightstand!