Victoria moves into a sadly famous house in New Orleans, which once belonged to socialite and serial killer Marie Delphine LaLaurie. Along with her, is her niece Rebecca and both of them find themselves tangled in the location's haunting past. While Rebecca is possessed by the ghosts, who were nonother than the slaves murdered by Madame LaLaurie, Victoria's nights and naps are filled with nightmares: scenes that occurred in the house once, and images of disfigured people among others.
Through their several attempts to understand the meaning of their situation, both women decide to take different approaches to resolve this conflict: Victoria wants a priest to perform an exorcism on the house while Rebecca is determined to help them find peace.
Illustrated by Crab Scrambley, the art reminds us of Tim Burton and presents exaggerated or odd features, for Victoria and Rebecca, taking a Victorian and Gothic approach combined to the mysteriousness of New Orleans. Serena Valentino deals with historical events and instead of focusing solely on Delphine LaLaurie, offers a voice to her victims, offering them revenge and therefore peace. Disturbing due to racism and the violence that it occurs, this is a necessary book that explores one of the darkest times of our world and allows a cathartic feeling once you've finished it, showing that no misdeeds go unpunished, no matter how long it takes to get a comeuppance.
* Though the reason why the nuns are feeding babies to the vampires remains unknown, it was nice to get more backstory on them. Perhaps the fact they haven't aged is the reason why they kept those creatures in the attic, having made a pact with them. Innocence for youth.
* Though there was a lot of foreshadowing, I still liked the reveal and plot twist at the end regarding who Victoria really was.