A Moonlit Path of Madness

Nosetouch. Jul. 2023. 262p. ISBN 9781944286309. pap. $14.99. HORROR
Grace, living in Vermont in 1902, has been caring for her mentally ill, dying mother, upon whose death Grace immediately begins to have visions and experiences similar to those that plagued her mother. In an attempt to get a fresh start, Grace and her maid move to Wales to live in the home her family left soon after her birth. Upon arriving in Wales, however, the haunting nature of the family’s secrets, lingering ghosts, and the sinister truth behind Grace’s inheritance more clearly reveal themselves alongside the phases of the moon. Readers will be drawn in quickly by Grace’s direct, honest, and unreliable narration, eagerly follow the atmospheric burn, and watch as Grace gathers more information. The pervasive unease, interesting characters, and moody setting build to a haunting resolution, one that will leave readers shaken but asking for more by McCarthy (Immortelle).
VERDICT A historical tale of psychological horror, expertly rendered in the style of a classic gothic novel from the era in which it’s set, this small-press title can be confidently suggested to readers who enjoyed Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Molly Pohlig’s The Unsuitable, or anything by Jennifer McMahon.
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