Such Sharp Teeth

Berkley. Oct. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780593545829. $27. HORROR
Harrison’s (Cackle) latest is a rip-roaring, bloody adventure that also explores the wounds trauma can leave on both the body and the psyche. Aurora has come home to help her pregnant sister when the unthinkable happens—Aurora is transformed into a werewolf. But that is just where the story begins. Through explorations of femininity, childhood, family, growth, and facing fears, Harrison crafts a compelling story that is extremely difficult to put down. Beyond the basic horror tenets that a werewolf story embodies, the novel also grasps the deeper consequences of transformation and trauma. The author’s style is gripping and will keep you reading way past your bedtime, although it instills enough gory goodness to make sure that your eventual sleep is troubled.
VERDICT Any library looking to acquire a gut punch of a horror novel that will appeal to a broad audience would do well to add this to their collection. It will also appeal to fans of Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones and Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado.
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