Tuesday, June 2, 2020

June Readalong: The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is kicking off our June readalong of The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling. The Luminous Dead was selected by the members of the Ladies of Horror Fiction Goodreads group. The LOHF team loved this book, and we hope you will, too. All of the details for joining the readalong are posted below. We are looking forward to some great discussions throughout the month of June!

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

A thrilling, atmospheric debut with the intensive drive of The Martian and Gravity and the creeping dread of Annihilation, in which a caver on a foreign planet finds herself on a terrifying psychological and emotional journey for survival.

When Gyre Price lied her way into this expedition, she thought she’d be mapping mineral deposits, and that her biggest problems would be cave collapses and gear malfunctions. She also thought that the fat paycheck—enough to get her off-planet and on the trail of her mother—meant she’d get a skilled surface team, monitoring her suit and environment, keeping her safe. Keeping her sane.

Instead, she got Em.

Em sees nothing wrong with controlling Gyre’s body with drugs or withholding critical information to “ensure the smooth operation” of her expedition. Em knows all about Gyre’s falsified credentials, and has no qualms using them as a leash—and a lash. And Em has secrets, too . . .

As Gyre descends, little inconsistencies—missing supplies, unexpected changes in the route, and, worst of all, shifts in Em’s motivations—drive her out of her depths. Lost and disoriented, Gyre finds her sense of control giving way to paranoia and anger. On her own in this mysterious, deadly place, surrounded by darkness and the unknown, Gyre must overcome more than just the dangerous terrain and the Tunneler which calls underground its home if she wants to make it out alive—she must confront the ghosts in her own head.

But how come she can’t shake the feeling she’s being followed?

The Luminous Dead Readalong Discussion

The readalong discussion will take place in our Ladies of Horror Fiction group on Goodreads: June Readalong 2020: The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

The Luminous Dead Readalong Schedule

The readalong began on June 1 and discussions will take place throughout the month of June (and beyond for anyone who wants to keep the discussion going!)

You can join in any time during the month. We often have group members who will join in mid-month or later.

We use spoiler tags to hide any spoilers so feel free to jump in when you are ready!

Sharing the Readalong

Please feel free to grab the readalong graphic and share across your platforms to let everyone know you are joining in.

The Luminous Dead Ladies of Horror Fiction Readalong

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Join the Readalong

Will you be joining us for the readalong? Let us know! We can’t wait to read The Luminous Dead with you!

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