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What We’re Reading #69

We have three recent reads to share with you today! A dark thrilling mystery, a graphic novel, and a story filled with the creepy atmosphere we all love best!

We hope you find your new favorite book and don’t forget to click either tag above to find more good books ♥

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along. But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she bargained for. Margot’s mother left for a reason. But was it to hide her past? Or was it to protect Margot from what’s still there? The only thing Margot knows for sure is there’s poison in their family tree, and their roots are dug so deeply into Phalene that now that she’s there, she might never escape.

Amazon | Goodreads

Alex’s Teaser Review

Rory Power has proven with her sophomoric novel that she knows how to write something unique, quirky, and weird. She can write something that takes all of those things and make it work. Burn Our Bodies Down is no different!

Read Alex’s entire review at Goodreads.

Laurie’s Teaser Review

I read Wilder Girls late last year and I thought it was a great slow burn of a book with some chilling organic body horror and very complicated relationships. Burn Our Bodies Down isn’t quite as horrorish as Wilder Girls but it’s still quite chilling especially when you learn all of its secrets!

Read Laurie’s entire review at Goodreads.


The Low, Low Woods by Carmen Maria Machado

When your memories are stolen, what would you give to remember? Follow El and Vee as they search for answers to the questions everyone else forgot.

Shudder-to-Think, Pennsylvania, is plagued by a mysterious illness that eats away at the memories of those affected by it. El and Octavia are two best friends who find themselves the newest victims of this disease after waking up in a movie theater with no memory of the past few hours.

As El and Vee dive deeper into the mystery behind their lost memories, they realize the stories of their town hold more dark truth than they could’ve imagined. It’s up to El and Vee to keep their town from falling apart…to keep the world safe from Shudder-to-Think’s monsters.

Amazon | Goodreads

Audra’s Teaser Review

This is a part of Joe Hill’s Hill House Comics series, which is a set of five six-issue comic stories dedicated to horror. I’ve read two of them so far and I am definitely impressed.

Machado’s was the one I was really waiting for; I’m already a huge fan of her writing, from her short stories to her memoir. And she just keeps delivering! Machado is a skilled and unique storyteller no matter the medium or genre, and that’s no easy feat.

Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.


The Malan Witch by Catherine Cavendish

“Naught remained of their bodies to be buried, for the crows took back what was theirs.”

An idyllic coastal cottage near a sleepy village. What could be more perfect? For Robyn Crowe, borrowing her sister’s recently renovated holiday home for the summer seems just what she needs to deal with the grief of losing her beloved husband.

But behind those pretty walls lie many secrets, and legends of a malevolent sisterhood—two witches burned for their evil centuries earlier. Once, both their vile spirits were trapped there. Now, one has been released. One who is determined to find her sister. Only Robyn stands in her way.

And the crow has returned. 

Amazon | Goodreads

Cassie’s Teaser Review

I love atmospheric little seaside cottage locations in stories, and Catherine Cavendish is amazing at giving these salty, windy places the justice they deserve. The Malan Cottage gave me the creeps even before the spookiness really picked up the pace, and that’s because there’s just something so haunting to me about cliffside waves and choppy waters. And if the moodiness of the story’s setting isn’t enough to give you goosebumps, there’s a witch or two here that definitely will!

Read Cassie’s entire review at Let’s Get Galactic.


Thank you 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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Laurie is one of our LOHF Admins. Laurie creates our review posts, coordinates review requests, oversees the Ladies of Horror Fiction directory, and manages our LOHF Goodreads group.

You can find Laurie on her blog Bark’s Book Nonsense, on Twitter as @barksbooks, on Instagram as @barksbooks, and on Goodreads.

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