Graveyard of Lost Children

Poisoned Pen. May 2023. 368p. ISBN 9781728248233. pap. $16.99. HORROR
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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