• The More They Disappear by Jesse Donaldson

    The More They Disappear by Jesse Donaldson

    Perhaps I was expecting The More They Disappear to be more of a mystery. We know from the very start that Mary Jane is the one who shoots sheriff Lew Mattock. Mary Jane is a young drug-addict. She loathes both herself and her parents. Her boyfriend is the only one person she cares for, and […] READ MORE

  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

    The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

    What a pity. I was expecting The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter to be a sort of gender-bender take on famous Gothic and Crime classics. Sadly, Goss doesn’t handle well intertextuality so well. She includes too much and the sheer amount of things she tries to drag into her story makes the existence of […] READ MORE

  • Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

    Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

    Le Fanu, who to his own discontent was proclaimed as being β€˜the Irish Wilkie Collins’, is celebrated for having written one of the first vampire stories. One of the most discussed aspect of β€˜Carmilla’ is not the vampirism itself as much as the fact that both the vampire and the victims are female. I was […] READ MORE

  • Self-Portrait with Boy by Rachel Lyon

    Self-Portrait with Boy by Rachel Lyon

    β€œTragedy is insignificant, banal. A falling boy goes largely unnoticed.” Self-Portrait with Boy is an electrifying debut novel. Within its pages, Rachel Lyon’s paints an unsettling portrait, that of the artist as a young woman, one whose raw hunger for artistic recognition drives her to betray the trust of the person she loves. Self-Portrait with […] READ MORE

  • Sacred by Dennis Lehane

    Sacred by Dennis Lehane

    Kenzie and Gennaro are hired by an incredibly wealthy – and dying – Trevor Stone to find his missing daughter. Things soon start to get complicated. Kenzie’s own mentor was looking for Desiree Stone and is now also MIA. Kenzie and Gennaro will venture from a shady Grief Counselling organisation, that is possibly connected to […] READ MORE

  • The Girl in The Tower by Katherine Arden

    The Girl in The Tower by Katherine Arden

    A very underwhelming follow up to the both magical and interesting The Bear and the Nightingale. The Girl in the Tower shares little with its predecessor. Yes, Arden’s writing style in undoubtedly gorgeous, made up by pretty phrases and vibrant descriptions. But, it didn’t make up for a slow story, one that involves a silly […] READ MORE