The Sign of the Beast

My Thoughts What I admire most about Oates’ brand of suspenseful horror is that she truly understands the predatory nature of people. Mrs. S——, Howard’s Sunday school teacher, is a sexual predator that teases and taunts Howard mercilessly, making inappropriate comments about his physical development. The story seems very straightforward, that this Sunday school teacher …

Ritual

My Thoughts Ritual is one of those books that was truly difficult for me to categorize and sort my thoughts on. The plot was intriguing but the writing was seriously bogged down with purple prose. It was hard for me to get a feel for the tone of the novel, as the conversations between characters …