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Mary: An Awakening of Terror

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Also, he clearly has a lot of love for “Carrie”, as in his author’s note he explains that Mary is a reimagining of a woman like Carrie who does make it past the night of Prom, and what that would look like. He has won the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for a one-man show about H. Well, for once, I realized that although I don't yet face the same crises Mary has to weather in her life, I am surrounded by many Mary's - women who are forgotten, overlooked, ignored, belittled as they get older.

My final recommendation: This is an original, quirky, fun book that no two readers will experience quite the same. The cover and the description really sucked me in, and will likely do the same to other women of a certain age (yes that is me!

I did not anticipate the heightened violence (maybe take caution if animal cruelty is a trigger), the fantastical tone of its narrative (the novel starts out ominous and haunting but quickly becomes something more 'lively' and bombastic), and finding a particular antagonistic character ultimately endearing and likable. I think there was some interesting parts of it (the linkage between Greek mythology and all of that) but it gets buried in this book.

Mary starts to see entities around her—mutilated and graphic, these entities are trying to speak to her. Cassidy has a skilled storytelling voice capable of intense, graphic imagery and scary scenes as well as laugh-out-loud humor.I really didn’t like the author's writing style and his characterizing, it just felt very one dimensional (especially the main character). A story of this kind doesn't really need to be more than 400 pages and while I was never really bored I still felt like this could have been trimmed down quite a bit without losing it's magic. In my case, I get a feeling that I am going to appreciate a book once I begin relating to the characters and to the writing style. After reading the mention of Azazel, I was hoping we’d see some cool theological horror a la Hereditary, but alas, that was just me getting my hopes up. This book also dives into social topics that aren’t really discussed to much—perimenopause and the treatment of women once they reach a certain age.

FYI, this book has a very long trigger warning, and I suggest that you read it and decide if you want to read this book or skip it. 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.This book goes out to all those bad seeds who have gone beyond their bloom and entered the twilight of their murderous lives. Fired from her job in New York, she moves back to her hometown, hoping to reconnect with her past and inner self. 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! There are so many fantastic problems brought up in this book and that's something I adore about horror. This was gory and horrifying and had some images/scenes that will surely stick with me for a very long time.

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