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Tekijän teokset

Cackle (2021) 626 kappaletta
The Return (2020) 446 kappaletta
Such Sharp Teeth (2022) 371 kappaletta
Black Sheep (2023) 243 kappaletta
Bad Dolls (2022) 22 kappaletta
So Thirsty (2024) 9 kappaletta
The Veil (2021) 7 kappaletta

Associated Works

Nexus & Other Stories (2020) — Avustaja — 32 kappaletta

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This book had me intrigued as to what the heck happened to the friend. Like all books of Rachel Harrison, it always goes a little weird! I definitely enjoyed the whole book more than I enjoyed the ending. I just felt like the ending didn't explain much. Like were the monsters that changed Julie the ones that followed her to the hotel and made weird things happen at the hotel? I feel like I missed something in the end, and I was listening to the audio book, so maybe I did. But after some quick Google searching, I don't think I did. It's a story about four friends and growing apart and wanting to be seen and grief and acceptance. Overall, I'm glad I listened but maybe wasn't my favorite book of all time.… (lisätietoja)
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Mav-n-Libby | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 13, 2024 |
*cricket cricket* this was OKAY. honestly i think it had too many words at some points.. the chapters were soooooooo long and they could've been shortened to keep the plot moving along. but at the same time i LOVED the way Rachel Harrison writes. i just think she can use less words. she is incredibly talented and i will read more by her despite not loving this one. the story and plot did grip me. i was just looking for more of a believable mystery at the end
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Ellen-Simon | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 26, 2024 |
DNF’d at page 115. I couldn’t do it. I’ll write a more in-depth review later once I’ve recovered from this book disappointment lmao

I was really disappointed. I was told by SOO many people that this book would be a really great read. I was promised spooky and wholesome but I didn’t find it that way. At first I did really like the narrative and the author’s writing was really enjoyable. But as I continued to read, I found the descriptions to be so so repetitive and annoying. Like we did NOT need a grand description every other paragraph!! And that’s seriously saying something from me because normally I am ALL about the sensory imagery. That’s literally exactly why I loved Great Gatsby so much and my favorite poems are the ones chock full of glorious descriptions. But in Cackle, it was very overdone. Moderation is key.
Next, the plot. It took WAY too long to establish the point of the story. 115 pages in and I STILL could not tell you where the plot was going. Wine-obsessed stereotypical 30 year old thinks she’s ancient because she’s just turned 30, moves to a small town and sees a bunch of spiders in her new apartment while getting bullied by obnoxious high schoolers and meets a mysterious woman who’s supposed to be charming but is just plain annoying with like 45 red flags. So that’s the set up and scene but where is it going? It’s not a terrible premise I suppose but it had no direction and the main characters got really annoying really fast. 115 pages into a 305 page book is too far in to not have a point to the plot. That far in to the book and we’re still at the very beginning of the story. That’s messed up.

Now the characters. Annie was relatable and sweet at first. As someone with depression and other mental health struggles myself, I could really relate to her and empathize with her. But then it went on and on and on. And I know this is a me problem but it really did make me think about how other people view me when I’m feeling crappy. Like wow if Annie is really annoying am I that annoying too when I rant about my struggles??😳😳 And will she ever stop with her ex?? I know that people get caught up on their exes and do exactly what Annie did all the time irl. But it was annoying and painful to read. And oh my GOd the drinking. Girl. I know that everyone has different relationships with alcohol but come on man. That is not healthy. It felt like I was watching a friend spiral and spiral and do really unhealthy things and all I could do is sit and watch. At one point she went and started drinking rum and I literally audibly out loud said “no oh my god don’t do that”. And then Sophie just enables Annie’s drinking problem!!! I have so many complaints about Sophie. Like seriously, Sophie is the crazy lady that approaches you at the grocery store and will not shut up when all you wanna do is buy groceries and leave. At first she seems nice but then suddenly after knowing her for 10 min, you know everything about her grandsons soundcloud career and her weird possibly contagious skin condition. I digress.. I felt like the author REALLY wanted the reader to be smitten with her. But I did not find her charming. Clearly lol. I don’t understand why Annie didn’t see all of these red flags about Sophie. If it were me my red flag radars would being going off left and right and I would already be trying to work out a safety plan so that I could avoid Sophie at all costs. And the fact that all of the townsfolk act weird around her isn’t something I would just brush off. I don’t get it. I know people ignore red flags all the time, I’m not exactly innocent of that myself. But ya gotta draw the line at some point.

Even though all of the things I found annoying about Annie are mostly realistic and people do that stuff and act like that all the time irl, it doesn’t make it any more tolerable. That shit is annoying in real life. I read to escape that shit, not to read about it more. If this book was marketed as a contemporary fiction piece set in a small town like it actually is, then fine, I wouldn’t be complaining so much. But it’s supposed to be a cozy spooky witchy fantasy/thriller. Which don’t even get me started on how this book is the farthest thing from a thriller I’ve ever read. I could see the author trying with the spooky stuff. But it didn’t work at all. It kinda felt like getting stuck on Space Mountain at Disneyland and all of the lights come on and suddenly the magic and thrill of it are gone because you see how it all works. Underwhelming as all hell. Except at least the engineering of rollercoasters is actually interesting. This is just as if the lights came on and all you could see was a flat track going in a small circle for like 20 minutes straight.

Who knows, maybe it does get better farther into the book. But I had other books I would rather read. perhaps I’ll revisit it and give it a try another time. But it’s unlikely. life is short, why should I read books that piss me off when there are so many incredible ones waiting to be read?
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superducky800 | 17 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 10, 2024 |
Rachel Harrison is one of the best at keeping you on the edge of your seat. The story revolves around Vesper and her crazy family. Vesper's mother, Constance, who Vesper doesn't get along with at all, is a horror movie queen and a Satanist, and her father is often absent. In fact, the whole town is Satanic. They live in a small town called Hell's Gate. Vesper left the town when she turned 18 because she doesn't believe in Satan.

She comes back for a visit to attend the wedding of her ex-boyfriend to her best friend. Of course, she doesn't stay in the town very long because of the issues with her mother, so she heads back to New York City.

A week later, her father visits her in NY and brings her home for a special birthday party. What happens next is full of suspense and horror. You won't believe what you just read.
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tami317 | 9 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 27, 2024 |



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