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What We’ve Been Reading #127

Today we have three recommended reads for your tbr pile! Our recommendations include Laurel Hightower’s latest release and two recent books you may have missed by Monica Vogel and Lindsay Merbaum. We hope you find something you’ll love!

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Below by Laurel Hightower

HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO HELP A STRANGER?

While driving through the mountains of West Virginia during a late-night snowstorm, a recently divorced woman experiences bizarre electrical problems, leaving her with little choice but to place her trust with a charismatic truck driver. But when an unexplainable creature with haunting red eyes gets between them, she is forced to make one of the toughest decisions of her life. Will she abandon the stranger who kept her safe—or will she climb down below, where reality has shapeshifted into a living nightmare?

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Heather’s Teaser Review

A great thing about Laurel is her ability to write amazing characters. You really want to root for them, hate them, or protect them at all cost.

Pick up the book it’s incredible and that cover is amazing.

Read Heather’s entire review at Goodreads.


Swine by Monica Vogel

As the last person left the room, Swinton saw the pig. His throat closed up and he gagged as the air was knocked out of his stomach.

“Holy shit,” was all he managed to think at first glance. Sure, Swinton was used to gruesome scenes, but not like this.

Set in a fictional town in Montana, Swine follows serial killer Jack Webster, who turns each victim into a work of macabre art. Each display has special meaning, and two detectives must figure them out in order to catch him. But when Howard Swinton, a sore team player, alienates Wesley Harris for being a rookie, Harris is drawn into a relationship with Jack. As his convictions develop, Harris must determine whose side he’s really on, while struggling with the question not just of how to catch the killer, but whether he wants the killer to be caught in the first place.

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Alex’s Teaser Review

I think this book has some super creepy scenes and has quite a message for society today. Interested in more from this author already and will keep my eyes peeled!

Read Alex’s entire review at Goodreads.


The Gold Persimmon

Clytemnestra is a check-in girl at The Gold Persimmon, a temple-like New York City hotel with gilded furnishings and carefully guarded secrets. Cloistered in her own reality, Cly lives by a strict set of rules until a connection with a troubled hotel guest threatens the world she’s so carefully constructed.

In a parallel reality, an inexplicable fog envelops the city, trapping a young, nonbinary writer named Jaime in a sex hotel with six other people. As the survivors begin to turn on one another, Jaime must navigate a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Haunted by specters of grief and familial shame, Jaime and Cly find themselves trapped in dual narratives in this gripping experimental novel that explores sexuality, surveillance, and the very nature of storytelling.

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Audra’s Teaser Review

This debut novel gives you everything you could possibly want from a queer, feminist, darkly literary, surreal, experimental story.

Read Audra’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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