Fiction Short Take: The Stopped Heart – Julie Myerson

What to call a delightfully scary entertainment like this? That it’s a ghost story seems a bit tame for the roller coaster ride the plot offers. Horror always brings to mind more contemporary slasher genre stuff. Our marketing team suggests maybe “highbrow horror” is the right term for this deft. emotionally complex take on two families marked by tragedy through time and haunted by the same mysterious…something.”

Releasing in the US and UK at the same time, this is getting great reviews on both sides of the ocean.

“Myerson twines a delightfully twisted tale, exposing the dark underbelly of love and the gaping, raw wounds of grief… By turns terrifying and heartbreaking; an enthralling spine-chiller.”
— Kirkus Reviews

On the first page, it’s clear that something indescribably horrific has happened…. [Myerson] has…vividly limned the pain felt by so many of her well-drawn characters. Despite its length, this novel is impossible to put down; it will be read compulsively to learn the what of what has happened, if not the why. A stunner.”
— Booklist (starred review)

“Beautifully written and cleverly told…. An extraordinarily potent experience and not for the faint-hearted.”
— The Guardian

“In this hair-raiser, Mary Coles moves to a country cottage that seems too good to be true…and it turns out, she’s right. Goose-bumps ensue.”
— Cosmopolitan

“The story is heart wrenching, unremittingly grisly…. A thriller and…a page-turner…. The Stopped Heart exposes the flesh of the lives cut in half, the pain and loves of the past, and why they are no less real than the present.”
— Independent (UK)

The Stopped Heart (9780062409324) by Julie Myerson. $15.99 trade paper original. 3/19/16 on sale.

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