Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Follow Me To Ground by Sue Rainsford Review

Today Cassie recommends FOLLOW ME TO GROUND by Sue Rainsford. We hope you'll check it out! 

Follow Me to Ground by Sue Rainsford

"A haunted, surreal debut novel about an otherworldly young woman, her father, and her lover that culminates in a shocking moment of betrayal - one that upends our understanding of power, predation, and agency.

Ada and her father, touched by the power to heal illness, live on the edge of a village where they help sick locals—or “Cures”—by cracking open their damaged bodies or temporarily burying them in the reviving, dangerous Ground nearby. Ada, a being both more and less than human, is mostly uninterested in the Cures, until she meets a man named Samson. When they strike up an affair, to the displeasure of her father and Samson’s widowed, pregnant sister, Ada is torn between her old way of life and new possibilities with her lover—and eventually comes to a decision that will forever change Samson, the town, and the Ground itself.

Follow Me to Ground is fascinating and frightening, urgent and propulsive. In Ada, award-winning author Sue Rainsford has created an utterly bewitching heroine, one who challenges conventional ideas of womanhood and the secrets of the body. Slim but authoritative, Follow Me to Ground lingers long after its final page, pulling the reader into a dream between fairytale and nightmare, desire and delusion, folktale and warning."

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Cassie's Review

“Sometimes our feelings aren't the best indication of what we should be doing.”

This was memorable in its strangeness, and I think if you go into it knowing as little as possible, you'll like it more. It's about a girl and her father who live on the outskirts of a small village of people who come to them for their abilities and magical powers of healing.

It has some pretty serious themes, and others that are only briefly touched upon or insinuated, so check out content warnings if you know that you may need them - stay safe!

If you're into weird horror-y fiction like Comfort Me with Apples and Bunny, you'll probably enjoy this one! I'd also recommend it as an audiobook, because that's how I listened to it and it gave it a deliciously dark , southern gothic feel - so good!

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