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Such a Pretty Smile

Such a Pretty Smile

Demeester, Kristi

Hardcover

HorrorMystery & ThrillerGeneral Fiction

Publisher Price: $27.99

ISBN10: 1250274214
ISBN13: 9781250274212
Publisher: St Martins Pr
Published: Jan 18 2022
Pages: 320
Weight: 1.10
Height: 1.10 Width: 6.10 Depth: 9.30
Language: English

Most Anticipated by: She Reads * This is Horror * Medium * Book Riot * i09/Gizmodo * LitReactor * Crime Reads * Tor Nightfire * Read by Dusk * Biblio Lifestyle * Black Tech Daily *

Brutal and shocking, lush and evocative. DeMeester is a highly-original voice in horror. - emily m. danforth, bestselling author of Plain Bad Heroines

A biting novel from an electrifying new voice, Kristi DeMeester's Such a Pretty Smile is a heart-stopping tour-de-force about powerful women, angry men, and all the ways in which girls fight against the forces that try to silence them.

There's something out there that's killing. Known only as The Cur, he leaves no traces, save for the torn bodies of girls, on the verge of becoming women, who are known as trouble-makers; those who refuse to conform, to know their place. Girls who don't know when to shut up.

2019: Thirteen-year-old Lila Sawyer has secrets she can't share with anyone. Not the school psychologist she's seeing. Not her father, who has a new wife, and a new baby. And not her mother--the infamous Caroline Sawyer, a unique artist whose eerie sculptures, made from bent twigs and crimped leaves, have made her a local celebrity. But soon Lila feels haunted from within, terrorized by a delicious evil that shows her how to find her voice--until she is punished for using it.

2004: Caroline Sawyer hears dogs everywhere. Snarling, barking, teeth snapping that no one else seems to notice. At first, she blames the phantom sounds on her insomnia and her acute stress in caring for her ailing father. But then the delusions begin to take shape--both in her waking hours, and in the violent, visceral sculptures she creates while in a trance-like state. Her fiancé is convinced she needs help. Her new psychiatrist waives her problem away with pills. But Caroline's past is a dark cellar, filled with repressed memories and a lurking horror that the men around her can't understand.

As past demons become a present threat, both Caroline and Lila must chase the source of this unrelenting, oppressive power to its malignant core. Brilliantly paced, unsettling to the bone, and unapologetically fierce, Such a Pretty Smile is a powerful allegory for what it can mean to be a woman, and an untamed rallying cry for anyone ever told to sit down, shut up, and smile pretty.

A righteously angry fever dream. - Paul Tremblay

Darkly visceral. - Publishers Weekly

Compulsive and horrifyingly entertaining. - Liz Nugent

Darkly feminist. - Karma Brown

Razor-sharp. This one will cut you. - Christopher Golden

DeMeester's storytelling is ferociously and unashamedly feminine...very satisfying. - Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror, Mystery & Suspense Magazine

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