Hiya everyone, it’s Sarah!
I received this as an eARC on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have no idea why I requested it, and no idea where I came across the title. This novel was a struggle for me and took months for me to complete it. The book felt very old school horror/aliens, so maybe that is why.
June is an aspiring writer, though her parents are determined to make her the perfect wife. It’s the 1950s and women could never have a successful writing career, they can only become housewives, or that is what June’s fiance believes. June has been working on a gruesome story about aliens and has decided that she is going to apply for a college level writing program, leaving out that she is a women, to see if she has what it takes to be a writer. However, along the way, June is sent to a mental hospital, for reasons the reader has yet to learn. Is June really losing her mind, or are she and the other patients being held for devious purposes?
Unreliable narrators are always a struggle for me. I had some issues with the fact that mental health and illness are used as a device to create momentum for the plot. I think if you like some of the old school Twilight Zone vibes, which typically I do, you may find yourself liking this book. I don’t think that this book brought anything new to the table, especially after reading books by Robin Talley. While Talley doesn’t tend to incorporate horror elements into her historical fiction, these books do have similar vibes.