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Mary

By Nat Cassidy
Mary by Nat Cassidy digital book - Fable

Publisher Description

Nat Cassidy’s highly commercial, debut horror novel Mary: An Awakening of Terror, blends Midsommar with elements of American Psycho and a pinch of I'll Be Gone in the Dark.

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Mary is a quiet, middle-aged woman doing her best to blend into the background. Unremarkable. Invisible. Unknown even to herself.

But lately, things have been changing inside Mary. Along with the hot flashes and body aches, she can’t look in a mirror without passing out, and the voices in her head have been urging her to do unspeakable things.

Fired from her job in New York, she moves back to her hometown, hoping to reconnect with her past and inner self. Instead, visions of terrifying, mutilated specters overwhelm her with increasing regularity and she begins auto-writing strange thoughts and phrases. Mary discovers that these experiences are echoes of an infamous serial killer.

Then the killings begin again.

Mary’s definitely going to find herself.

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3.5
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“Ok Mary might be my new favorite horror book that I’ve read this year! The imagery is terrifying and grotesque in the best ways possible. While reading this book I kept forgetting this was written by a man, it is in my opinion a great representation of the way women are treated when it comes to healthcare.”
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Surprised Face with Open Mouth“Took a break from romance for a splash of horror. This one was pretty crazy and the more you read, the more twisted and unhinged it gets. Reminded me a lot of Carrie, but also super unique. I felt myself going insane with Mary. An excellent audiobook performance, too!”
Diverse charactersDescriptive writingFunny writingAddictiveSuspensefulTwistyDark settingDark
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Believable charactersCharacters change and growMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingOriginal writingAddictiveTwistyBeautiful settingDark
Anxious Face with sweat“This book starts as one thing and ends as another and honestly I'm not mad about it. It's a little all over the place but it's a pretty fun ride. I wish it was a bit shorter, it would've kept my attention better I think. But overall fun and some good body horror! 😱”

About Nat Cassidy

NAT CASSIDY writes horror for the page, stage, and screen. His critically-acclaimed, award-winning horror plays have been produced across the United States, as well as Off- and Off-Off-Broadway. He won the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for his one-man show about H. P. Lovecraft and was commissioned by the Kennedy Center to write the libretto for a short opera (about the end of the world, of course). An established actor on stage and television (usually playing monsters and villains on shows such as Blue Bloods, Bull, Quantico, FBI, and Law & Order: SVU), Nat also authored the novelization of the hit podcast Steal the Stars, which was published by Tor Books and named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR. Mary: An Awakening of Terror is Nat's Nightfire debut. He lives in New York with his wife.

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