Maeve Fly

Tor Nightfire. Jun. 2023. 288p. ISBN 9781250857859. $26.99. HORROR
DEBUT Bursting onto the extreme-horror landscape, Leede wastes no time making her readers extremely uncomfortable, yet unable to look away, as she introduces Maeve, who spends her days as the famous ice princess at “the happiest place on earth,” while her nights are spent defaming strangers for fun online and visiting the seedy bars of her beloved Los Angeles. She is also a killer, brazenly murdering people and hiding her crimes in plain sight, in her elaborate Halloween decorations. But when Maeve meets her friend’s gorgeous brother, she begins to question everything she knew about herself. Unapologetically dripping with graphic sex and violence, this book would be easy to dismiss as profane, but that would miss the point. Leede is actively working every angle to disgust and disturb her readers, balancing extreme scenes with obvious dark humor and Maeve’s engaging narration.
VERDICT Obvious comparisons will be made to American Psycho, but this illicitly alluring tale pairs even better with current voices in the extreme-horror subgenre, such as Michael J. Seidlinger, Eric LaRocca, and Hailey Piper.
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