Categories
books and reading

Little Eve

Title: Little Eve

Author: Catriona Ward

Genre: horror

Thank you, NetGalley, for this book.

This book is the third of Catriona Ward’s that I’ve gotten from NetGalley. The Last House on Needless Street was one of the best I read in 2021. And Sundial was delightfully disturbing. So, when I saw she had a new book out, I knew I had to read it. And wow, was this one excellent. Last House is still my favorite of hers, but this one was outstanding.

From Goodreads: On the wind-battered isle of Altnaharra, off the wildest coast of Scotland, a clan prepares to bring about the end of the world and its imminent rebirth.

The Adder is coming, and one of their number will inherit its powers. They all want the honor, but young Eve is willing to do anything for the distinction.

A reckoning beyond Eve’s imagination begins when Chief Inspector Black arrives to investigate a brutal murder, and their sacred ceremony goes terribly wrong.

And soon all the secrets of Altnaharra will be uncovered.

This description doesn’t even begin to explain how insane this book is. Altnaharra’s secrets are plentiful, right down to the cellar where atrocities occur. The story jumps narrators and time periods, so it’s important to keep track and who and when you are in the story. I’m having a hard time explaining anything without spoilers because so much occurs that is better revealed as you read. But, like Ward’s other books, so much happens that you don’t see coming. She’s a master of writing the subtle plot twist. I absolutely recommend all her books. She’s a fantastic writer, and I can’t wait to read her next.

Categories
books and reading

Devil of Black Creek

Categories
books and reading

You

Categories
books and reading

Rampage

Categories
books and reading

The Island

Categories
books and reading

The Leopard

Categories
books and reading

Like a Sister

Categories
books and reading

Lone Women

Title: Lone Women

Author: Victor LaValle

Genre: historical horror

Thank you, NetGalley, for this book.

I read The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle a while ago and admit that I didn’t find it all that great. The book couldn’t decide what genre it wanted to be. However, this book is solidly horror. Not graphic or anything, but horror with a touch of fantasy. Oh, and it takes place in 1915, so it’s historical as well. That said, the horror plotline is consistent throughout.

From Goodreads:

Adelaide Henry carries an enormous steamer trunk with her wherever she goes. It’s locked at all times. Because when the trunk opens, people around Adelaide start to disappear.

The year is 1915, and Adelaide is in trouble. Her secret sin killed her parents, forcing her to flee California in a hellfire rush and make her way to Montana as a homesteader. Dragging the trunk with her at every stop, she will become one of the “lone women” taking advantage of the government’s offer of free land for those who can tame it—except that Adelaide isn’t alone. And the secret she’s tried so desperately to lock away might be the only thing that will help her survive the harsh territory.

Crafted by a modern master of magical suspense, Lone Women blends shimmering prose, an unforgettable cast of adventurers who find horror and sisterhood in a brutal landscape, and a portrait of early-twentieth-century America like you’ve never seen. And at its heart is the gripping story of a woman desperate to bury her past—or redeem it.

This book comes out in March, so if you are a horror fan, mark your calendars. Coming in at just 240 pages, I got through this one in a couple of days. I loved Adelaide and was cheering for her the entire time. The “burden” she carries is immense, but how she reckons with it is admirable. She is a great dynamic character whose shifts make sense. And LaValle does an excellent job of keeping the reader guessing. The book starts off with a bang, and you are immediately drawn in. This is one I’ll definitely be recommending.

Categories
books and reading

The Heart’s Invisible Furies

Categories
books and reading

The Nature of the Beast