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What We’re Reading #18

We’re back with more must have Ladies of Horror Fiction book recommendations!

Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff book cover

Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff

LAST ONES LEFT ALIVE is the story of Orpen, a young woman who must walk on foot across a ravaged Ireland in the desperate hope of saving herself, and her guardian Maeve, from the zombie-like menace known as the skrake. Sarah Davis-Goff’s strikingly original debut will appeal to readers of dystopian literary fiction such as STATION 11 or THE END WE START FROM.

Watch your six. Beware tall buildings. Always have your knives.

Growing up on a tiny island off the coast of a post-apocalyptic Ireland, Orpen’s life has revolved around physical training and necessity. After Mam died, it’s the only way she and her guardian Maeve have survived the ravenous skrake (zombies) who roam the wilds of the ravaged countryside, looking for prey.

When Maeve is bitten and infected, Orpen knows what she should do – sink a knife into her eye socket, and quickly. Instead, she tries to save Maeve, and following rumours of a distant city on the mainland, guarded by fierce banshees, she sets off, pushing Maeve in a wheelbarrow and accompanied by their little dog, Danger. It is a journey on which Orpen will need to fight repeatedly for her life, drawing on all of her training and instincts. In the course of it, she will learn more about the Emergency that destroyed her homeland, and the mythical Phoenix City – and discover a starting truth about her own identity.

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Emily’s Teaser Review

This book was a tense read, and the author did a great job with setting the tone of the novel. It’s a stressful slow burn. 

Click here to see Emily’s full review at Goodreads.

Tracy’s Teaser Review

The writing is spare when it needs to be, lush and descriptive to highlight poignant or graphic/violent scenes, and I really think this adds to the emotional draw. 

Click here to see Tracy’s full review at Sci-fi & Scary.


Catfish Lullaby by AC Wise book cover

Catfish Lullaby by AC Wise

Lewis is a town of secrets.

There have long been rumors of something unnatural in the swamp, and more than one person has gone missing. Many blame the Royce family while others believe in a local monster, rising from the dark waters.

As a child, Caleb witnessed something inexplicable the night the Royce place mysteriously burned to the ground. As an adult, Caleb returns to take over his father’s role as sheriff, and the long shadow of the Royce family returns to haunt him. Caleb struggles to solve an eerily familiar crime and finds himself face to face with another old mystery–the legend of Catfish John.

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Emily’s Teaser Review

Catfish Lullaby is the first book I’ve read by AC Wise, and it was good! It’s a witchy novella set in a small town with secrets, which is obviously the best setup you can have for a book. 

Click here to see Emily’s full review at Goodreads.


Sing Your Sadness Deep

Sing Your Sadness Deep Stories by Laura Mauro

British Fantasy Award-winning author, and Shirley Jackson Award finalist Laura Mauro, a leading voice in contemporary dark fiction, delivers a remarkable debut collection of startling short fiction. Human and humane tales of beauty, strangeness, and transformation told in prose as precise and sparing as a surgeon’s knife. A major new talent!

Featuring “Looking for Laika,” winner of the British Fantasy Award, and “Sun Dogs,” a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award.

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Audra’s Teaser Review

The way Mauro uses language makes you pay attention. Her phrasing would snag in my brain and make me think about the stories in a new way. 

Click here to see Audra’s full review at Goodreads.


Thanks for joining us today and 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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