Books The Crooked House by Christobel Kent Hardcover, 357 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, List Price: $26 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Crooked HouseAuthorChristobel Kent Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers NPR Summary Alison, the only survivor of unspeakable horror, decides to confront her past to overcome the trauma of what happened by returning to her old hometown where she discovers that the townspeople were all somehow involved in her family's murder. Genres: Mysteries, Thrillers & Crime Fiction Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about The Crooked House The Crooked House by Christobel Kent Brandon Chew/NPR hide caption toggle caption Brandon Chew/NPR Review Book Reviews 'The Crooked House' Is Haunted, In A World That Denies Ghosts January 17, 2016 Christobel Kent's literary thriller follows a young woman who reinvents herself — even taking a new name — after the mysterious murder of most of her family. But she can't escape the past forever.