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What We’ve Been Reading #7

Feast your eyes on what the Ladies of Horror Fiction Team have been reading as of late:

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Inside the Asylum by Mary SanGiovanni

Kathy has been hired to assess the threat of patient Henry Banks, an inmate at the Connecticut-Newlyn Hospital for the Criminally Insane, the same hospital where her brother is housed. Her employers believe that Henry has the ability to open doors to other dimensions with his mind-making him one of the most dangerous men in modern history. Because unbeknownst to Kathy, her clients are affiliated with certain government organizations that investigate people like Henry-and the potential to weaponize such abilities.

What Kathy comes to understand in interviewing Henry, and in her unavoidable run-ins with her brother, is that Henry can indeed use his mind to create “Tulpas”-worlds, people, and creatures so vivid they come to actual life. But now they want life outside of Henry. And they’ll stop at nothing to complete their emancipation. It’s up to Kathy-with her brother’s help-to stop them, and if possible, to save Henry before the Tulpas take him over-and everything else around him.

Amazon | Goodreads

Lilyn’s Teaser Review

Inside the Asylum is a well-written story and a great entry into the Kathy Ryan series. I think it’s safe to say at this point that I look forward to upcoming entries from Mary SanGiovanni.

Click here to see Lilyn’s full review at Sci-Fi & Scary


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The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons

Their lives would never be the same.

Colquitt and Walter Kennedy enjoyed a life of lazy weekends, gathering with the neighbors on their quiet, manicured street and sipping drinks on their patios. But when construction of a beautiful new home begins in the empty lot next door, their easy friendship and relaxed get-togethers are marred by strange accidents and inexplicable happenings.

Though Colquitt’s rational mind balks at the idea of a “haunted” house, she cannot ignore the tragedies associated with it. It is as if the house preys on its inhabitants’ weaknesses and slowly destroys the goodness in them — ultimately driving them to disgrace, madness and even death.

Amazon | Better World Books | Goodreads

Emily’s Review Teaser

I liked the concept of this book, and I think I would like to see it adapted as a modern movie.

Click here to see Emily’s full review at Goodreads

Jen’s Review Teaser

The House Next Door was not what I was expecting. Set in suburbia, it was a different take on the haunted house story.

Click here to see Jen’s full review at Book Den

Tracy’s Review Teaser

I loved LOVED the atmosphere that Siddons builds and the characters are believable. I either liked them or loved to hate them…sometimes both for the same character.

Click here to see Tracy’s full review at Goodreads


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I Miss The World by Violet LeVoit

Set in and around Hollywood Forever Cemetery, this tense and mind-bending noir is Violet LeVoit at her finest: an unnerving, unpredictable and comic journey through deep trauma and glitzy nostalgic insanity.

Amazon | Better World Books | Goodreads

Emily’s Review Teaser

I was so unsure about what was going on for most of I Miss the World, and then I loved when everything tied together. This is a unique story, and I enjoyed it.

Click here to see Emily’s full review at Goodreads


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