Mary: An Awakening of Terror
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Disappointing because the opening line of “there’s a corpse in the bathtub” normally would have my FULL attention. I think it would have been better to break up the book a bit to just give us another POV besides the sheriff at the very beginning of the book.
This is a bad attempt to be the next Stephen King, the gratuitous violence is pointless, women enact more violence against each other than the men who have power, and the plot holes are as numerous as the specters.There, the perimenopausal symptoms get even worse, she's haunted by murdered women and her own past. 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. Edit; so here is my long review and I even wrote a longer one on my blog ( https://proteandepravity. Mary starts to see entities around her—mutilated and graphic, these entities are trying to speak to her.
And the comparison to Midsommer was a big reason that I requested it, only to have about…zero parallels to the movie.Especially since we had a ton of reveals that showed us who Mary really was as a kid before she got "sent away. Mary feels 'unhinged' from start to finish, which is meant as a compliment because I appreciate when a story is intentionally straying away from common tropes and formulaic arcs. It doesn't matter if you're into Stephen King, Octavia Butler, Jack Ketchum or Shirley Jackson, this is the place to share that love and discuss to your heart's content.
In Arroyo, not only does she tackle her aunt who does nothing but tantalize her instead of helping but also a desert town full of religious freaks and a mysterious history involving a serial killer.Also, major props to him for addressing his choice to give a middle aged woman a voice when he himself is a younger cishet man, and how he tried his best to be authentic in her voice and experiences.
She kills her aunt by stuffing porcelain statues down her throat and somehow when she becomes a ghost, she’s cracking jokes and hovering around like this is a Disney movie. 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.It goes on forever and at times I just gave up trying to work out what was happening to whom and why. I really didn’t like the author's writing style and his characterizing, it just felt very one dimensional (especially the main character). Playwright and podcaster Cassidy’s razor-sharp horror debut explores women’s roles as either prey or predator and cuts deeply into the societal structures that promotes the split. In his foreword to Mary, Nat Cassidy credits and makes a point in noting the strong mark King's titular figure left on him - up to the point where he, as a young boy, elevated her to a kind of matron saint due to her suffering, after seeing and being left shocked and awed by the sight of a bloodied, iconic Sissy Spacek playing Carrie White in the 1976 movie.