Sister, Maiden, Monster

Macmillan Audio. Feb. 2023. 8:54 hrs. ISBN 9781250882790. $19.99. HORROR
Snyder’s (“Jessie Shimmer” series) latest employs multiple viewpoints to chronicle the collapse of civilization. Just as the world is clawing its way back to normal after the COVID pandemic, a new, more terrifying disease called PVG emerges. The cravings for blood and brains aren’t even the worst transformations caused by PVG. Those who survive the initial bout of stomach pains and vomiting blood then change into something no longer entirely human. Snyder’s story follows three infected women; each is given a unique voice and perspective thanks to the vocal talents of Arielle DeLisle, Katherine Littrell, and Lindsey Dorcus. Snyder offers a complete timeline of this new pandemic, from society treating it like a virulent flu to segregating the infected. The unexpected ending suggests that the cause of this disease may be intentional, part of a greater plan to change humanity forever.
VERDICT A unique and thought-provoking horror, visceral and violent, but deepened by Snyder’s deft touch for relationships, both sexual and platonic. An enthralling portrait of a world teetering on the brink of destruction.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing