What We've Been Reading
Book Reviews,  Reading Recommendations

What We’ve Been Reading #110

We’re back with our recently recommended reads and linkage to our full reviews. Check out the previous editions by hitting the tags up above!


The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

In a boarded-up house on a dead-end street at the edge of the wild Washington woods lives a family of three.

A teenage girl who isn’t allowed outside, not after last time.
A man who drinks alone in front of his TV, trying to ignore the gaps in his memory.
And a house cat who loves napping and reading the Bible.

An unspeakable secret binds them together, but when a new neighbor moves in next door, what is buried out among the birch trees may come back to haunt them all.

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Alex’s Teaser Review

Words! I have none! THE LAST HOUSE ON NEEDLESS STREET by Catriona Ward is a masterpiece. It is addictive, engaging, and will totally blow your mind.

Read Alex’s entire review at Goodreads.

Tracy’s Teaser Review

It is a rare thing to experience a book which manages to completely surprise me. With horror as my first love and thrillers/suspense as a close second, I love when a “new to me” author writes a book that both horrifies me and intrigues me so much that I forego sleep just to finish. The Last House on Needless Street is exactly this.

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

Laurie’s Teaser Review

This is a story of dark fiction and thusly it is filled with pain and horror and all things awful and terrible and heart-crushing but it also has a sweet, delightful and sometimes humorous side that I adored. The blend and the contrast was simply perfection and that is all that I am willing to say. GO READ IT!

Read Laurie’s entire audiobook review at Goodreads.


Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor

“She’s the adopted daughter of the Angel of Death. Beware of her. Mind her. Death guards her like one of its own.”

The day Fatima forgot her name, Death paid a visit. From hereon in she would be known as Sankofa­­–a name that meant nothing to anyone but her, the only tie to her family and her past.

Her touch is death, and with a glance a town can fall. And she walks–alone, except for her fox companion–searching for the object that came from the sky and gave itself to her when the meteors fell and when she was yet unchanged; searching for answers.

But is there a greater purpose for Sankofa, now that Death is her constant companion?

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Audra’s Teaser Review

Though this is more of a sci-fi read, I would definitely put it in the horror-adjacent category. It also has elements of folklore and is set in the not-too-distant future.

Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.


Queen of the Cicadas by V. Castro

2018: Belinda Alvarez has returned to Texas for the wedding of her best friend Veronica. The farm is the site of the urban legend, La Reina de Las Chicharras – The Queen of The Cicadas.

In 1950s south Texas a farmworker—Milagros from San Luis Potosi, Mexico—is murdered. Her death is ignored by the town, but not the Aztec goddess of death, Mictecacíhuatl. The goddess hears the dying cries of Milagros and creates a plan for both to be physically reborn by feeding on vengeance and worship.

Belinda and the new owner of the farmhouse, Hector, find themselves immersed in the legend and realize it is part of their fate as well. 

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Emily’s Teaser Review

Queen of the Cicadas is the newest release from V Castro, and it’s a good read!

Read Emily’s entire review at Goodreads.


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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