Ladies of Horror Fiction Instagram Challenge Weekly Recap
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The “Strangers” Recap

If you missed last week’s prompt for “My Emotions”, you can view it by clicking here. (Opens in a new window.)

This one was interesting. Just seeing who people considered “Strangers” in books for the prompt was insightful.

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#ladiesofhorrorfiction day 24 is 'Strangers' and I had no idea what to do(I feel like I've used all my books😲) until I remembered this book I read last year and photographed for a book round-up post on my regular Instagram.😱 back before I decided to stop annoying my nonreading friend with books 😳 👥 Anyways, Strangers reads like a Horror movie, but it's actually a suspenseful thriller,🤷 👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀 "Imagine you’re home alone. Suddenly a man stands before you. He claims to be your fiancé. But you have no idea who he is. And nothing in your home suggests that someone lives with you. He’s talking to you, but nothing makes sense. You’re afraid. And you feel the irresistible urge to attack. Take a knife. Are you crazy? A woman. A man. The more they try to understand the situation, the more confusing it becomes. Soon they must realize that they are in deadly danger. And there’s only one chance for survival: they must trust each other. Ursula Archer’s and Arno Strobel’s internationally bestselling thriller is a mind-bending must-read." 👥👥👥👥👥 A little dramatic of a summary for a book that was twisty and suspenseful, until the ending. The ending let me down. Have you been let down by any books lately? Don't you hate when a book ends rather lackluster?!

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Day 24 of the #ladiesofhorrorfiction is Strangers. . . Everyone in the small farming community of Harlowe, New Hampshire knows each other. That is until Perly Dinsmore shows up and makes himself at home. Perly is a stranger from the city and an auctioneer, and he wants to help the good folks of Harlowe make a little cash off of the junk they have taking up room in their barns and attics. But Perly won’t stop. And eventually he’s no longer satisfied with just taking the community’s possessions. . . This is a new rerelease from @valancourtbooks of a brilliant novel originally released in the 70s. I was so invested in the protagonists in this novel. You have likely seen this one posted on other accounts. The hype is real. . . #bookstagram #strangers #strangerdanger #theauctioneer #joansamson #valancourtbooks #gradyhendrix #horror #70shorror #booklove #booklover #bookworm #readersofinstagram

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Strangers. “Marion Zetland lives with her domineering older brother, John, in a crumbling mansion on the edge of a northern seaside resort. A timid spinster who still sleeps with teddy bears, Marion does her best to live by John’s rules, even if it means turning a blind eye to the noises she hears coming from behind the cellar door…and ignoring the women’s laundry in the hamper that isn’t hers. For years, she’s buried the signs of John’s devastating secret into the deep recesses of her mind—until the day Marion must face what her brother has kept hidden.” I love the cover on this one! That yellow wall paper…. Happy Friday my friends! I hope you have a good one. #ladiesofhorrorfiction #bookstagram #thevisitors #catherineburns #bookishphotography #flatlayphotography

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Want to know more about our picks’ picks for this prompt? Keep reading.

Strangers by Ursula Archer and Arno Strobel:

A shocking thriller that explores what happens when mysterious foul play causes a woman not to recognize or remember her fiancé, but forces the couple to trust each other and fight the odds.
Trust or die.

Imagine you’re home alone. Suddenly a man stands before you. He claims to be your fiancé. But you have no idea who he is. And nothing in your home suggests that someone lives with you. He’s talking to you, but nothing makes sense. You’re afraid. And you feel the irresistible urge to attack. Take a knife. Are you crazy?

A woman. A man. The more they try to understand the situation, the more confusing it becomes. Soon they must realize that they are in deadly danger. And there’s only one chance for survival: they must trust each other. Ursula Archer’s and Arno Strobel’s internationally bestselling thriller is a mind-bending must-read.

The Auctioneers by Joan Samson:

In the isolated farming community of Harlowe, New Hampshire, where life has changed little over the past several decades, John Moore and his wife Mim work the land that has been in his family for generations. But from the moment the charismatic Perly Dinsmore arrives in town and starts soliciting donations for his auctions, things begin slowly and insidiously to change in Harlowe. As the auctioneer carries out his terrible, inscrutable plan, the Moores and their neighbors will find themselves gradually but inexorably stripped of their freedom, their possessions, and perhaps even their lives … 

The Visitors by Catherine Burns:

Marion Zetland lives with her domineering older brother, John in a decaying Georgian townhouse on the edge of a northern seaside resort. A timid spinster in her fifties who still sleeps with teddy bears, Marion does her best to shut out the shocking secret that John keeps in the cellar.

Until, suddenly, John has a heart attack and Marion is forced to go down to the cellar herself and face the gruesome truth that her brother has kept hidden.

As questions are asked and secrets unravel, maybe John isn’t the only one with a dark side.

Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think of them? Let us know below!

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