• Book Review

    Near the Bone

    Warnings: Violence, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Gore, Dead Animals, Death My Thoughts Despite the menacing beast of the woods, able to rip and tear animals to shreds, the most terrifying thing in the woods is a man. Martha can’t remember anything before she came to live in a cabin in the woods with a man named William. She is significantly younger than him, barely twenty-one, and she lives in fear of upsetting her husband, who rules over her life with a bible and a fist. This novel was more horrifying than terrifying, my heart bled for Martha, who struggles with maintaining her sense of self. Perfectly paced with a genuinely…

  • Book Review

    The Ghost Tree

    My Thoughts The Ghost Tree is such a wonderful witchy read perfect for the upcoming Halloween season. A small town is shaken by the gruesome deaths of two girls that nobody seems to know. Lauren is still dealing with the death of her father the year before, yet the people in the town seem disinterested in investigating these crimes. There’s something wrong in this small town and its dark woods. “Terrible things happen and we just pretend everything is fine. We forget about them.” The story is told from multiple perspectives which is effective in building the mystery and structuring character relationships. Many of the characters were one dimensional and…