The Conjoined by Jen Sookfong Lee [Review]

28691882Title: The Conjoined
Author: Jen Sookfong Lee
Type: Fiction
Genre: Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Publisher: ECW Press
Date published: September 13, 2016
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 272
Source: Publisher

A physical copy of the book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: On a sunny May morning, social worker Jessica Campbell sorts through her mother’s belongings after her recent funeral. In the basement, she makes a shocking discovery ― two dead girls curled into the bottom of her mother’s chest freezers. She remembers a pair of foster children who lived with the family in 1988: Casey and Jamie Cheng ― troubled, beautiful, and wild teenaged sisters from Vancouver’s Chinatown. After six weeks, they disappeared; social workers, police officers, and Jessica herself assumed they had run away.

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The Clay Girl by Heather Tucker [Review]

ECW22 The Clay Girl Selected.inddTitle: The Clay Girl
Author: Heather Tucker
Type: Fiction
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: ECW Press
Date published: September 13, 2016
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 333
Source: Publisher

A physical copy of the book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

SummaryVincent Appleton smiles at his daughters, raises a gun, and blows off his head. For the Appleton sisters, life had unravelled many times before. This time it explodes.

Eight-year-old Hariet, known to all as Ari, is dispatched to Cape Breton and her Aunt Mary, who is purported to eat little girls. But Mary and her partner, Nia, offer an unexpected refuge to Ari and her steadfast companion, Jasper, an imaginary seahorse. Yet the respite does not last, and Ari is torn from her aunts and forced back to her twisted mother and fractured sisters. Her new stepfather, Len, and his family offer hope, but as Ari grows to adore them, she’s severed violently from them too, when her mother moves in with the brutal Dick Irwin.

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Little Nothing by Marisa Silver [Review]

9780399167928Title: Little Nothing
Author: Marisa Silver
Type: Fiction
Genre: Literary Fiction, Mythology
Publisher: Blue Rider Press
Date published: September 13, 2016
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 333
Source: Publisher

A physical copy of the book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: In an unnamed country at the beginning of the last century, a child called Pavla is born to peasant parents. Her arrival, fervently anticipated and conceived in part by gypsy tonics and archaic prescriptions, stuns her parents and brings outrage and scorn from her community. Pavla has been born a dwarf, beautiful in face, but as the years pass, she grows no farther than the edge of her crib. When her parents turn to the treatments of a local charlatan, his terrifying cure opens the floodgates of persecution for Pavla.

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