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What We’re Reading #35

Happy Wednesday! The Ladies of Horror Fiction have some recommendations to help you get through the week.

The Festering Ones Book Cover

The Festering Ones by S.H. Cooper

A monster lurking in the mountain.

A mysterious cult seeking a doorway.

An otherworldly evil waiting to be unleashed.

Faith York was a young girl when she saw her father dragged into the ground by a spider-armed woman, never to be seen again. Twenty years later, the events of that day continue to haunt her, and her need for answers has only grown stronger with time. After her estranged mother’s death forces her to return home, old wounds are reopened and Faith finally decides to face her demons. What started as a search for closure soon pits her against a shadowy cult known as The Gathered and the eldritch beings they worship. With reality becoming more blurred by the day and the thousand eyes of an alien deity fixed on her, Faith must decide if the dark secrets of White Crow Mountain are really worth losing herself over. 

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Toni’s Teaser Review

I really enjoyed Cooper’s characterizations. Her characters are three dimensional and you can care about them. You want them to win. You become very invested in the story. I really like Cooper’s writing style. It is a very quick read that you really don’t want to end. You want to continue reading the story of these women. The monsters….I want everyone to read just to meet Cooper’s monsters.

Read Toni’s entire review at The Misadventures of a Reader.


River of Souls by T.L. Bodine

River of Souls by T.L. Bodine

Undeath is a manageable condition.

That’s what the media says, anyway: with the help of the miracle life-extension drug, Lazarus, the Undead can retain their humanity and live normal, happy lives. Without it, they become violent, mindless walking corpses.

Davin Montoya was eager to believe all of that. Forced to drop out of college to take care of his teenage sister, Zoe, after their father drank himself to death, he was more than happy to sign the no-good alcoholic over to the government’s Lazarus House for treatment. That was one less thing for him to worry about.

Until an accident left him joining the ranks of the freshly deceased himself.

Now, keeping his death a secret is the only way to keep his sister out of foster care. But to do so, he must venture into the underground society of Unregistered Undead – a dangerous world of drug deals and government resistance. But when their access to Lazarus begins to run dry, the truth starts to unravel…and it’s not what anyone expected.

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Emily’s Teaser Review

I’ve been exhausted by zombie stories for a while now, but River of Souls interested me from the beginning. This book has an interesting take, and it stands out from other zombie story options.

Read Emily’s entire review at Goodreads.


True Crime by Samatha Kolesnik

True Crime by Samantha Kolesnik

Suzy and her brother, Lim, live with their abusive mother in a town where the stars don’t shine at night. Once the abuse becomes too much to handle, the two siblings embark on a sordid cross-country murder spree beginning with their mom. As the murder tally rises, Suzy’s mental state spirals into irredeemable madness.

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Tracy’s Teaser Review

Happiness and joy are only mere glimpses in this brutal and important coming-of-age style horror book. Kolesnik puts a magnifying glass up to very real and extremely graphic real life horror. Her female protagonist, Suzy, endures things no person should. Don’t think the events are in this book just for shock value. It IS a difficult, heavy read, and like all the great ones, a necessary one.

Read Tracy’s entire review at Sci-fi and Scary.


Thanks for joining us today! 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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