Mary: An Awakening of Terror

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Mary: An Awakening of Terror

Mary: An Awakening of Terror

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Without giving spoilers, this novel has some elements that would be challenging to pull off for many narrators, and Susan Bennett reads it beautifully. And, when her delusions are casually dismissed as a “textbook” menopause case, Mary proves herself capable of rewriting her entry—in blood if necessary. Disappointing because the opening line of “there’s a corpse in the bathtub” normally would have my FULL attention.

Not that I really believe in solid good or evil; they are simply two symbolic extremes, and I dig a little evil in my literature.

While confronting both the bullies of her youth and the new cult that takes Cross as their prophet, Mary discovers that she may have a personal, past-life connection to the murders. It’s very interesting to imagine the story taking that form—it feels so perfectly suited to being a novel. TWs for quite a number of super disturbing topics you might wanna look into but I have to mention that there’s a pretty graphic animal violence scene.

Then it sort of peters out and turns into a draggy slow paced festival of weirdness that is too out there even for me. This is a bad attempt to be the next Stephen King, the gratuitous violence is pointless, women enact more violence against each other than the men who have power, and the plot holes are as numerous as the specters. There are some doctor scenes in this book in which Mary’s problems get repeatedly dismissed as menopause and these scenes are especially significant, many women of any age will recognize this kind of dismissal of symptoms as either period or eating problems. I would also compare his writing to Sara Gran based solely on a vibe that I can't for the life of me put into earthly words. Especially since we had a ton of reveals that showed us who Mary really was as a kid before she got "sent away.Cassidy expertly twists the invisibility and disposability of society’s most vulnerable into qualities ideally suited to a terrifying avenging angel. Also, major props to him for addressing his choice to give a middle aged woman a voice when he himself is a younger cishet man, and how he tried his best to be authentic in her voice and experiences. Nat is also a member of the multimedia production company, Gideon Media, whose hit podcast STEAL THE STARS, was co-produced with Tor Labs (an imprint of Tor Books).

G." (TBS), "The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show" (Netflix), as well as on stages Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and across the country. I didn't lose interest but I did find myself wanting to read faster or skim unnecessary details a few times.You can watch him battle giant mutant cockroaches and twentysomething malaise in the horror-comedy film "They Will Outlive Us All," available for streaming on this very site.

All this background will mix and build up into a progressively intense and hellish fever dream, resulting in a glorious climax in which Mary gains very unexpected allies and starts drawing strength and confidence in herself! So I ran to NetGalley and grabbed the titles I wanted that way, which works out just as well (and far more compact in terms of storage, really). And yet in spite of these numbers I won’t disclose, there were a few books I was hoping I’d pick up but were unable to obtain either because they weren’t there or the timing was off.

I think it would have been better to break up the book a bit to just give us another POV besides the sheriff at the very beginning of the book. I find Nat Cassidy's writing to be extremely engaging, boasting a consistent level of hysterical energy, and at times morbidly sarcastic; which softens the overly generous page count that can probably use some further trimming. On the flip side, it is brought up far too often and with such depth that it did get a bit boring after a while. My final recommendation: This is an original, quirky, fun book that no two readers will experience quite the same.

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