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What We’ve Been Reading #119

Today our team members are sharing three recent and recommended reads featuring stories by Rachel Harrison, Maria Abrams and C.V. Hunt. We hope you find something you’ll love!

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Cackle by Rachel Harrison

All her life, Annie has played it nice and safe. After being unceremoniously dumped by her longtime boyfriend, Annie seeks a fresh start. She accepts a teaching position that moves her from Manhattan to a small village upstate. She’s stunned by how perfect and picturesque the town is. The people are all friendly and warm. Her new apartment is dreamy too, minus the oddly persistent spider infestation.

Then Annie meets Sophie. Beautiful, charming, magnetic Sophie, who takes a special interest in Annie, who wants to be her friend. More importantly, she wants Annie to stop apologizing and start living for herself. That’s how Sophie lives. Annie can’t help but gravitate toward the self-possessed Sophie, wanting to spend more and more time with her, despite the fact that the rest of the townsfolk seem…a little afraid of her. And like, okay. There are some things. Sophie’s appearance is uncanny and ageless, her mansion in the middle of the woods feels a little unearthly, and she does seem to wield a certain power…but she couldn’t be…could she?

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Jen’s Teaser Review

If you need a pick-me-up, I do recommend reading this wicked and witchy book of friendship and living your best life.

Read Jen’s entire review at Book Den.

Laurie’s Teaser Review

Cackle was a delight and just the book I needed right now. It’s witchy and a little dark and incredibly readable. If you’re needing something comforting I feel safe suggesting you should pick yourself up a copy.

Read Laurie’s entire review at Goodreads.


She Who Rules the Dead by Maria Abrams

Henry has received a message: he needs to sacrifice five people to the demon that’s been talking to him in his nightmares. He already has four, and number five, Claire, is currently bound in the back of his van.

Too bad Claire isn’t exactly human

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Audra’s Teaser Review

A fun, fast-paced, one-sitting horror novella by a new (to me) author is just the thing for the #lohfreadathon!

I enjoyed Abrams’s tale, which seems like a straightforward serial killer kidnapping tale, but is in fact much, much more. Abrams’s take on a horror subgenre that is generally a bit tired and played out will definitely have you on your toes—especially toward the end. If I told you anything else, I’d have to kill you!

Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.


Cockblock by C. V. Hunt

After the daily grind at their jobs all Sonya and Callie want is to enjoy a quiet night out together at a new restaurant. But making it to their reservation is proving to be a challenge. A few men on the street near their destination verbally assault them. And the situation quickly escalates into a nightmare. Once within the safety of the restaurant the two women discover it’s not just the men outside who’ve lost their minds, men everywhere have gone insane. And they believe they’ve found the origin of the mayhem. A radio in the kitchen is playing a hate filled message against women and it’s being delivered by the President. There’s only one way to stop the men from attacking women and logic tells them they need to terminate the chaos at its source.

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Cat’s Teaser Review

Believe me when I say right off that Cockblock was unique as I’ve NEVER read anything like it before. Imagine the zombie apocalypse as a ball of smooth playdough – we all know what to expect from it by now – but Hunt took that ball and unapologetically smushed it up into her own twisted creation.

Read Cat’s entire review at Red Lace Reviews.


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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