Malice House
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Malice House

YOU CAN’T KEEP OUT WHAT’S ALREADY INSIDE “One step away from our world lies another: a land of violent fantasies, of sharp-toothed delights. . . .” Of all the things aspiring artist Haven Marbury expected to find while clearing out her late father’s remote seaside house, Bedtime Stories for Monsters was not on the list. This secret handwritten manuscript is disturbingly different from his Pulitzer-winning works: its interweaving short stories crawl with horrific monsters and enigmatic humans that exist somewhere between this world and the next. The stories unsettle but also entice Haven, practically compelling her to illustrate them while she stays in the house that her father warned her was haunted. Clearly just dementia whispering in his ear . . . right? Reeling from a failed marriage, Haven hopes an illustrated Bedtime Stories can be the lucrative posthumous father-daughter collaboration she desperately needs to jump-start her art career. However, everyone in the nearby vacation town wants a piece of the manuscript: her father’s obsessive literary salon members, the Ink Drinkers; her mysterious yet charming neighbor, who has a tendency toward three a.m. bonfires; a young barista with a literary forgery business; and of course, whoever keeps trying to break into her house. But when a monstrous creature appears under Haven’s bed right as grisly deaths are reported in the nearby woods, she must race to uncover dark, otherworldly family secrets—completely rewriting everything she ever knew about herself in the process.
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Kyla Mackaman @kmackaman
5 stars
Dec 13, 2022
Surreal
Page turning
Unpredictable
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Cheri McElroy@cherimac
4.5 stars
Oct 23, 2022
Bold
Intense
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Michelle Miller@bookishwifey
4 stars
Nov 18, 2022
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Megan Leprich@rescues_and_reads
5 stars
Oct 30, 2022
Edgy
Vibrant
Compelling
Surprising
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Jennifer@mrslibrarian
3.5 stars
Oct 11, 2022