Wow. This book is unlike anything I’ve ever read. A true psychological horror, it had me- a self-professed lover of creep- absolutely gobsmacked.
Please be forewarned that some content may be triggering, and that this book has incredibly vivid details. The style is a bit different than many books, and may take a few chapters to get into. It is worth the investment.
We open on Gabriel as a young boy, in the cemetery, with his mother. It very quickly becomes apparent that Mother Juana is not at all what she seems. Mother is the superior in a nunnery, and when Gabriel becomes an adult, he works there as well. A man who readily extends grace to others and sees the best in people, we find him at complete odds with Juana. When orphans begin to go missing, Gabriel must face the truth about his sadistic mother and reconcile some difficult choices in himself.
A truly riveting read, lovers of horror will be glad they added this one to their list.