The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home has had a very interesting life. It’s been long and fraught with adventures of all kinds. After a tragic event puts an end to her relatively peaceful childhood, she becomes trapped in a cycle of revenge and death as she chases those who have wronged her.
I’ve listened to the Welcome to Night Vale podcast (which, though set in the same universe as this book, is not necessary to understand it) for a while now, but I hadn’t read any of their novels until this one. Let me just tell you, I was not disappointed in the least. The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home captures the same energy that I’ve come to love in the podcast. The authors have a way of presenting terrible things in an insanely matter-of-fact manner. Honestly, it can be a bit frightening when you realize what it is that you’ve just read. For me, that’s one of the best things about this book.
I’m not usually a fan of books that emphasize revenge and horror, but this was an exception. The difference, I think, was the matter-of-factness that characterizes the narration. The Faceless Old Woman tells the story of her past just as it happened. If not for the content, her story would read just like any elderly woman reminiscing about the past. Well, that and the fact that the first thing she does is talk about burning shoes, which I don’t think is typical. In any case, this complex story was very enjoyable for me. I would recommend this book to those looking for a horror story with interesting and intelligent characters. (I often hear that horror protagonists are frustrating for lack of common sense. This book is not like that.)
Yours in love and literature, Page.
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