Name: Rosie Shadow
Author: Louise Worthington
Published in March 2021
Published by Red Escape Publishing
Whatcha crying for, sissy? Why don’t you grow a pair?’ Rosie says to her mother…‘Send me to school and I’ll rip off your arm! Beat you with the stump.’
Abandoned by her terrorised mother at the age of six, Rosie Shadow will do anything to win the affection of her father Archie, an undead cannibal in charge of Her Majesty’s Prison Shortbury, now operating as a visitor attraction.
Clare is sent reeling into Archie’s arms with the grief of losing her boyfriend in a mysterious car accident when he collides with an ancient yew tree.
The secrets in the Medieval dungeon beneath the prison are under threat when Clare becomes suspicious of Archie’s true identity and his progeny.
It is one of the good (do you use that for horror books?) horror books I have read in a long time. If you have been around for sometime, you know I do not read many horror books. Luckily, all the horror books I have picked up have been horrific enough (in A GOOD WAY).
One thing, the horror and the characters in the book can totally make you feel gross if you are not someone who would like it! Okay? And, I do not wish to put you off the book but it just might trigger you. Even though I have read horror books before, most of them include some kind of ghost or some disease but have never had something that had zombies (ZOMBIES RUN!!!!!).
So, basically, Rosie Shadow wishes to go back to her dad Archie who is a (zombie?) and has been living and looking after the prison, this undead thing has a dungeon where Rosie helps get bodies to him just to get his attention and to meet him but Archie doesn’t want his (a mistake) daughter.
Rosie is super creepy girl for a six year old, her mother has been taking care of her but she is not able to anymore! It was very upsetting reading about the mind-hitting sadness of mother and almost made me cry. Louise did an amazing work weaving through emotions even in a horror book.
For someone like me, who is fluid for all kinds of books and who don’t get triggered easily, this is a perfect book to pick up. The horror, the friendship, the mystery, the kid, kindness, killing. . . everything is at better. It didn’t fall down for me anywhere and it was a very quick read. You can pick it up! And I hope you do!
mentions of genitals
intimate scenes (off-book but still mentions are there)
About the Author:
Born in Cheshire, England, Louise studied literature at the University of Essex and taught English in secondary schools. As a teenager she read until the small hours, enjoying the darker worlds conjured by Stephen King and Daphne du Maurier. A later interest in psychology led to studying it and writing psychological women’s fiction.
Louise’s first novel, Distorted Days, was described by Kirkus Review as ‘a formidable work’. Rachel’s Garden, a gripping psychological thriller, is an Amazon best-seller. In her writing, she combines a chilling blend of the lyrical and the dark in thrillers and chillers around the themes of mothers and children, strong women in difficult situations and family.
When Louise isn’t reading or writing, you’ll most likely find her outside enjoying the Shropshire countryside with her husband, daughter, furry and feathered friends. Once a keen long-distance runner, she now hobbles through the local wood most days where much of her inspiration and ideas come from.
Thank you so much Lousie, Helen Lewis (Team LitPR) for this amazing review copy!
I received an ARC in exchange of review but it in no way influences my review. The review was supposed to be a part of blog tour but I missed the tour date so here it is!
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