Serafina and her father live in the basement of the estate Pa works for, unbeknownst to the homeowners. Serafina has led a life of secrecy, hiding from people and ridding the Biltmore estate of its rat infestation. One night, while catching some pests, Serafina sees a girl get attacked by a man in a swirling black cloak. Narrowly escaping capture herself, Serafina is determined to find out who the black cloak is and how to stop him from stealing more children.
This book was 100% not what I thought it was going to be from the cover and things I’ve seen around the internet (but clearly I wasn’t paying close enough attention). That being said — it is a really fun story with mystery, edge-of-your-seat thrills, young love, and the family dynamics of these strange squatters. I really enjoyed the pace, and I did not successfully guess who the cloak was nor any of the twists! An easy read, Serafina and the Black Cloak is good for middle-grade and high-school readers, as well as any other YA lover.