Graveyard of lost children

Katrina Monroe

Book - 2023

"At four months old, Olivia Dahl was almost murdered. Driven by haunting visions, her mother became obsessed with the idea that Olivia was a changeling, and that the only way to get her real baby back was to make a trade with the "dead women" living at the bottom of the well. Now Olivia is ready to give birth to a daughter of her own ... and for the first time, she hears the women whispering. Everyone tells Olivia she should be happy. She should be glowing, but the birth of her da...ughter only fills Olivia with dread. As Olivia's body starts giving out, slowly deteriorating as the baby eats and eats and eats, she begins to fear that the baby isn't her daughter at all and, despite her best efforts, history is repeating itself. Soon images of a black-haired woman plague Olivia's nightmares, drawing her back to the well that almost claimed her life-tying mother and daughter together in a desperate cycle of fear and violence that must be broken if Olivia has any hope of saving her child ... or herself. Baby Teeth meets The Invited in a haunting story of the sometimes-fragile connection between a woman's sense of self and what it means to be a "good" mother."--

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Horror fiction
Naperville, Ilinois : Poisoned Pen Press [2023]
Physical Description
354 pages ; 21 cm
Main Author
Katrina Monroe (author)
Review by Library Journal Review

Olivia and her wife Kris have a new baby, and Olivia is struggling with it all--caring for the needy infant, connecting to the baby, and finding herself amidst the chaos. Olivia is the child of a mother who tried to kill her when she was a baby herself. In a dual narration, readers meet that mother, sharing her story through journal entries. There is one thing mother and daughter have in common: a black-haired woman they believe is trying to take their baby. Opening with an unsettling and accurate body horror-infused description of giving birth and then steadily and intentionally increasing the unease and discomfort, the book will keep readers turning pages as they watch Olivia spiral. They will find themselves rooting for her to make it through. VERDICT Monroe's (They Drown Our Daughters) honest and thoughtful contemplation of the horrors of postpartum depression is as big a draw as the visceral dread of the suspenseful thriller/horror hybrid storyline. A perfect choice for fans of motherhood-framed psychological horror like Such a Pretty Smile by Kristi DeMeester and Just Like Mother by Anne Heltzel.

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