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Janelle's Horror Book of The Week- February 22, 2021



 Happy Monday! My weekend was rough, so luckily I have great horror books to keep me company. Horror will forever be my comfort genre because it never fails me. And there’s an outstanding new book in town and I cannot wait to tell you about it.

Hearts Strange and Dreadful by Tim McGregor is the perfect escape story. Once I started reading I was completely immersed where the outside world no longer mattered. In 1821 New England, we follow Hester Stokely whose parents died in a fire, so she is sent to live with her aunt and uncle in the town of Wickstead, Rhode Island. Hester is not exactly treated like family but rather like the help. One day a mysterious horseman rides into town bringing with him sickness and death. Evil has arrived and despite being the town’s outcast, Hester is determined to scour it away. Hester is our narrator and I enjoyed reading from a teenage perspective that is actually well written. Her voice is the perfect way to tell this story and every character is fully fleshed out and incredibly realistic. McGregor’s writing is beautiful, atmospheric, and downright creepy. There are some remarkable passages that I couldn’t help but highlight and the story is seared in my mind forever.

Hearts Strange and Dreadful is the perfect blend of horror and historical fiction. I was mesmerized by this town and absolutely adored Hester. She will go down in the books as one of my favorite characters. Seriously, I wouldn’t be surprised if by the end of the year, this remains a favorite.


Thank you so much to Off Limits Press for providing my copy.


Thank you for reading! Hope you have a lovely week!

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