The Final Girl Support Group, by Grady Hendrix
Another hit from Hendrix. The premise is fun—all the slasher movies in the 70s and 80s were based on real life events and now, all grown up, these Final Girls have to face real life with all their mental and physical scars. But then someone starts targeting them. Now Lynette, the survivalist among them, has to make them believe someone wants them all dead and has to figure out who is behind the sinister plot. Yes, just as fun as it sound. It is horror, so if you can take some really intense scenes, you’ll also get the excellent mystery of the plot.
The Moon, the Stars, and Madame Burova, by Ruth Hogan
Reading Ruth Hogan is like getting a hug. I really loved The Keeper of Lost Things and this too is a delight. The story surrounds Imelda Burova, a beloved psychic with a booth on Brighton’s boardwalk. Alternating between the early 1970s and now, we get to know both young and old Imelda and the secret she has been keeping all these years.
The Way Back, by Gavriel Savit
Set in the 19th century in a rural corner of Eastern Europe primarily populated by Jews, two young teenagers come face-to-face with Death, only to thwart it. This leads them on a fanciful adventure through the Far Country (the place of demons in Yiddish folklore) and real life. Along the way, they meet some of the most famous biblical demons and learn that without death, there is no life. Interesting read, though a bit convoluted at times. Overall, it was an interesting book.
The Ghost Road, by Charis Cotter
I pulled this book out of the returns cart at work and I’m so glad I did. It’s a middle grade novel about a girl who is sent to Nova Scotia to live with her long-dead mother’s family for the summer. There she meets a cousin who looks just like her and learns about a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Atmospheric, historical, somewhat magical, and fascinating. I really liked this novel and am looking forward to reading more by this author.
Enola Holmes & the Black Barouche, by Nancy Springer
Yay! A new Enola Holmes. This one is aimed at the YA crowd (after the Netflix movie) but starts only a few months after the sixth book. In this story, Enola works directly with Sherlock to find a woman who is presumed dead, but whose sister insists that she lives. This book didn’t come out until the end of August, but I listened to it with an advance listening copy (ALC). It was so great to have another Enola story and this one is just as good as the previous series. Plus, this book is good for long-time fans or new ones.
The Wife Upstairs, by Rachel Hawkins
Another audio. This book is a Southern Gothic version of not only Jane Eyre, but also of Rebecca. We start off knowing main character Jane is a con artist. She takes advantage Eddie Rochester, quickly becoming his live-in girlfriend, but really, who is conning who? This book has a lot of plot twists and leaves you guessing until the very end. A definite recommend from me.
Childgrave, by Ken Greenhall
This is another Valancourt Press republish, they had the ebook on sale, so I thought I’d give it a chance. (I was looking for another creeper.) It was all right. Set in 1982 in NYC, photographer Jonathan becomes obsessed with a harp player and his four-year-old daughter starts seeing ghosts—which he can photograph. This leads him on an odyssey to the rural village of Childgrave, New York, which has some very creepy secrets. The story was kind of meh. I kept waiting for it to get exciting … and it did in the epilogue.
Terciel & Elinor, by Garth Nix
This book is out in October, so I read the ARC. Another excited ‘Yay’ from me, since the Old Kingdom series is one of my all-time favorites. This book did not disappoint. It tells the story of how Sabriel’s parents met and how a great enemy was once defeated. It’s a direct prequel to Sabriel, however, I think it could be another entry point to the series.