Mary: An Awakening of Terror

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Mary: An Awakening of Terror

Mary: An Awakening of Terror

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Genuinely scary, and at times both heartfelt and heartbreaking, Mary is a powerhouse of a horror novel, with something important to say. Nat played the character of Lloyd in the podcast and also wrote the novelization of Mac Roger's audio scripts, which was published by Tor Books in November 2017 and named one of the best books of the year by NPR. I relate to or at least respect everything Cassidy brought to the table about how hard and unfair it is to be a woman and an aging woman at that. I was really happy that Cassidy put a thorough content warning before the story began, because I was able to prepare myself a bit before digging in, but even with the content warning I still had moments where I just had to put the book down for a bit. My final recommendation: This is an original, quirky, fun book that no two readers will experience quite the same.

I’m a little reluctant to give a concrete number as to the amount of ARCs I got at ALA Annual in June, as the number is staggering and a little out of control. Well, for once, I realized that although I don't yet face the same crises Mary has to weather in her life, I am surrounded by many Mary's - women who are forgotten, overlooked, ignored, belittled as they get older. Mary doesn't have a lot of memories after her parents died in a fire, but she knows she was bullied and unhappy. A story of this kind doesn't really need to be more than 400 pages and while I was never really bored I still felt like this could have been trimmed down quite a bit without losing it's magic.

What you need to know: Mary's body has been going through some changes, she believes this is due to being perimenopausal. It goes on forever and at times I just gave up trying to work out what was happening to whom and why. The home being the site of an infamous serial killer that was gunned down by the police 49 years ago. Nadine is verbally abusive and mean, but then as soon as Mary is on her own, there's a transformation.

I thought this was a novel about a woman who had suffered some trauma or breakdown in her life, now trying to cope with menopause and further emotional and physical upset. My reading experience: At one point in the story, Mary says something to her Aunt Nadine's dog, Chipotle (they say it like chip-oh-dull, haha), and the actress, Jennifer Coolidge got in my mind and stayed for the duration of this book, which was genius. I am a perimenopausal middle aged woman after all so I felt Mary was like a kindred spirit of sorts. The ominous cover only alludes to what may be one of the most bizarre and creepy reads I’ve read this year.

Along with the hot flashes and body aches, she can’t look in a mirror without passing out, and the voices in her head have been urging her to do unspeakable things. This book goes out to all those bad seeds who have gone beyond their bloom and entered the twilight of their murderous lives.

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