Book Reviews,  Reading Recommendations

What We’ve Been Reading #1

We at Ladies of Horror Fiction want to do things a little differently than the typical horror fiction review website. Our goal is to lift our ladies up and give them as much exposure as we possibly can so that all of you lovely people will discover them, buy their books and get some beautiful word of mouth going. We have decided to (mostly) stop posting standard reviews and instead post a weekly (or bi-weekly depending on our work load) round-up of what we are reading and what we have been reviewing. We will still include links to our full reviews but this new format will allow for a more current snapshot of what we are reading and enjoying and allow you to find the books at a quicker pace. It will also give some books more exposure as we often read the same books but on a different timeline. We hope you enjoy our new format and that you find some amazing five star reads and a slew of new authors to haunt!


This week the Ladies of Horror Fiction crew have been reading and enjoying:

Shattered by J.M. White

Where there is darkness, there isn’t always light… Dayna Harris thought her problems began in her bedroom. More specifically in her bed, the bed she’d shared with her husband, Richard, for twenty-six years. The bed where she witnessed Richard cheating on her with a woman half his age. But maybe they really began in the motel room that day. What conjured the dark figure Dayna first glimpsed in the motel mirror? The dark figure that continues to haunt her as her marriage to Richard crumbles. Consumed by Richard’s infidelity, Dayna begins unravelling his lies revealing a husband she never knew. Now, psychologically imprisoned by a manipulative and dangerous husband, can Dayna find the courage to leave, and can she discover if the very real shadow that torments her is a figment of her imagination or something more sinister? In this edgy paranormal psychological thriller, author J.M. White takes us into the realms of the unknown, lives that are built on lies, forces we can’t always explain and the emotional torture of domestic abuse. It shows one woman’s search or light in the darkness.

SHATTERED releases on 4/26/19 but you can get your pre-orders in now!

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Emily’s Teaser Review

Shattered is J.M. White’s debut novel, and it caught my attention from the beginning. This book is a blend of domestic suspense and paranormal horror

Emily ‘s full review can be read at Goodreads.


A Hawk In the Woods by Carrie Laben book cover

A Hawk In The Woods by Carrie Laben

When newscaster Abby Waite is diagnosed with a potentially terminal illness, she decides to do the logical thing… break her twin sister Martha out of prison and hit the road. Their destination is the Waite family cabin in Minnesota where Abby plans a family reunion of sorts. But when you come from a family where your grandfather frequently took control of your body during your youth, where your mother tried to inhabit your mind and suck your youthful energies out of you, and where so many dark secrets–and bodies, even–are buried, such a family meeting promises to be nothing short of complicated…

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Emily’s Teaser Review

I absolutely loved the idea of this book. It sounded so fascinating, and I read it as soon as I got my hands on it.

Emily’s full review can be read at Goodreads.

Jen’s Teaser Review

There’s a lot to process in A Hawk in the Woods! I know I’ll continue to think about it for quite some time. Books like this one tend to grow in my mind and in my heart as all of the pieces continue to meld together. It’s a little bit like a movie you want to start back from the beginning once you have reached the end so you can experience it again knowing all of the secrets. 

Jen’s full review can be read at Book Den.


The Lady From The Black Lagoon by Mallory O’Meara

The Lady from the Black Lagoon uncovers the life and work of Milicent Patrick—one of Disney’s first female animators and the only woman in history to create one of Hollywood’s classic movie monsters.

As a teenager, Mallory O’Meara was thrilled to discover that one of her favorite movies, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, featured a monster designed by a woman, Milicent Patrick. But for someone who should have been hailed as a pioneer in the genre there was little information available. For, as O’Meara soon discovered, Patrick’s contribution had been claimed by a jealous male colleague, her career had been cut short and she soon after had disappeared from film history. No one even knew if she was still alive.

As a young woman working in the horror film industry, O’Meara set out to right the wrong, and in the process discovered the full, fascinating story of an ambitious, artistic woman ahead of her time. Patrick’s contribution to special effects proved to be just the latest chapter in a remarkable, unconventional life, from her youth growing up in the shadow of Hearst Castle, to her career as one of Disney’s first female animators. And at last, O’Meara discovered what really had happened to Patrick after The Creature’s success, and where she went.

A true-life detective story and a celebration of a forgotten feminist trailblazer, Mallory O’Meara’s The Lady from the Black Lagoon establishes Patrick in her rightful place in film history while calling out a Hollywood culture where little has changed since.

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Toni’s Teaser Review

Dear loard….this book gave me all the feels. I was mad and fascinated and sad all at the same time. I wanted to take to the internet to scream about this book as loud as I possibly could. I wanted to thrust it into the hands of my nearest and dearest and tell them to read it.

Toni’s full review can be read at The Misadventures Of A Reader.

Laurie’s Mini Review

Laurie also read this book and recommends it to all the little girls who were ever told “you’re too sweet to read that scary stuff” (or any variant of that backhanded compliment) and were denigrated for their love of the scarier things and/or ever had a superior take credit for their hard work. Basically all of us, right?


That’s what some of our crew have been up to this week. What about you? Share your most recent LOHF reads in the comments. We’re always looking for more books to add to our tbr piles!

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