Wednesday, September 8, 2021

What We've Been Reading #105

It’s time to topple those tbr piles again! We offer up three new recommendations because we know everyone needs more books!

Inheriting Her Ghosts by S.H. Cooper

Inheritance often comes with strings attached, but rarely are they as tangled as those hanging over High Hearth.

When Eudora Fellowes learns she’s the sole heir of her estranged great-aunt’s seaside manor, she believes it will be the peaceful escape she’s longed for. What awaits, however, is a dark legacy shrouded in half a century of secrets, and it doesn’t take long before Eudora realizes she’s not the only one to call High Hearth home.

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Cassie’s Teaser Review

Cooper absolutely nailed the atmosphere and aesthetic of gothic horror in this; I could almost feel the salty atmosphere outside of High Hearth, could almost see the flickering of light from the candelabra as Eudora walked through the halls. There was so much tension in some of the spookier scenes that I found myself unable to put the book down, finishing it in less than an hour because I didn’t want to stop flipping the pages to find out what was going on.

Read Cassie’s entire review at Goodreads.

Emily’s Teaser Review

Inheriting Her Ghosts is my second book by SH Cooper (the first was The Festering Ones). They are pretty different, and I liked seeing the author’s range! This one is a spooky gothic story, and I especially loved the dogs.

Read Emily’s entire review at Goodreads.

Laurie’s Teaser Review

Inheriting Her Ghosts gets all five of my stingy stars! It is a gruesome gothic-tinged mystery with an edge of revenge, despair, and a few perfectly placed moments of wit and humor that balance out the stabs of grief the author throws at you. I loved it and I love that it’s going to haunt me for a bit and I think a lot of you horror fans will enjoy it very, very much!

Read Laurie’s entire review at Goodreads.

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

The first science fiction written by a black woman, Kindred has become a cornerstone of black American literature. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity. Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes the challenge she’s been given…

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Audra’s Teaser Review

First things first: Do not be fooled by this cover (which, to me at least, reads a bit romantic and soft)—Kindred is a horror novel.

Yes, there is time travel, which is maybe more of a sci-fi trope. And, it also definitely classifies as historical fiction. It is also reflective of society today even though it was originally written in 1979. But, to me at least, this book speaks directly to what makes horror scary, what makes it feel real.

Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.

True Crime by Samatha Kolesnik

True Crime by Samantha Kolesnik

Suzy and her brother, Lim, live with their abusive mother in a town where the stars don’t shine at night. Once the abuse becomes too much to handle, the two siblings embark on a sordid cross-country murder spree beginning with their mom. As the murder tally rises, Suzy’s mental state spirals into irredeemable madness.

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Alex’s Teaser Review

This is brutal on so many levels. But WOW! TRUE CRIME delivers a story of abuse, identity, death, and so much more. This novella is quite literally packed full of themes and lessons – I believe a whole course could be taught with this story as its backbone. Samantha Kolesnik has put together something so gritty and dark, but at the same time full of many psychological truths, questions, and conversations that are begging to be explored.

Read Alex’s entire review at Goodreads.

Thank you for joining us today! We hope you found something to add to your tbr list. Please share your recent reads with us in the comments below.

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Laurie is one of our LOHF Admins. Laurie creates our review posts, coordinates review requests, oversees the Ladies of Horror Fiction directory, and manages our LOHF Goodreads group.

You can find Laurie on her blog Bark’s Book Nonsense, on Twitter as @barksbooks, on Instagram as @barksbooks, and on Goodreads.

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