Looking Glass Sound
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About the Author
An Indie Next Pick!
A LibraryReads Hall of Fame Pick!
"Looking Glass Sound is my favorite Catriona Ward novel yet, which is saying something. There are twists and turns here that even the most jaded reader will find hard to predict. If you love the novels of Shirley Jackson, Patricia Highsmith, and Tana French, here's your next obsession." --Kelly Link, author of White Cat, Black Dog
"Mind-bending, gasp-inducing, and impossible to put down, Looking Glass Sound is horror-thriller superstar Catriona Ward's best work yet." --Vulture
"In the right hands, narrative can be a kaleidoscope, fracturing into more and more wondrous configurations. I think maybe Catriona Ward spilled a little blood into her kaleidoscope with this one."--Stephen Graham Jones, New York Times bestselling author of The Only Good Indians
"With prose of poetic clarity, Looking Glass Sound reveals secret after secret in a structure as intricate and insidiously enmeshing as a cobweb. Haunting, disturbing and beautiful, it's a truly extraordinary book. I think it may well be a masterpiece." --Ramsey Campbell "Devastatingly beautiful, bone-chilling and enchanting. Looking Glass Sound is further proof that no one writes like Catriona Ward. No one conjures such heartbreak from such raw fear. An alchemist of storytelling."--Chris Whitaker, New York Times bestselling author of We Begin At the End
"Ward's books are each potent, dark, immersive, and surprising. Looking Glass Sound is a frightening nesting doll of a novel about ghosts and monsters, trauma and loss, and the specific aching intensity of teenage friendships. Perhaps most of all, it's a book about stories-and their ability to save or destroy the teller. You'll stay up all night wandering the labyrinth Ward has deftly constructed." --Katie Gutierrez, bestselling author of More Than You'll Ever Know "This twisted tale of ghosts and murderers, derailed lives and childhood traumas is a vertical labyrinth that will take you straight down into the heart of darkness. Enthralling and heartbreaking." --M. R. Carey, author of The Girl with All the Gifts "I couldn't tear myself away. Looking Glass Sound is slyly addictive. Falling into a Catriona Ward book means knowing you'll be caught and never let go. Unconventional, imaginative, and brazenly twisted." --Hailey Piper, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of No Gods for Drowning "Ward is a master of tugging at the strings of a deeply personal story until she's woven them into an epic, terrifying, multi-generational web. Looking Glass Sound is haunting and immersive. I loved getting caught up in it." --Chuck Tingle, author of Camp Damascus
"You've read nothing like it before.... Impossibly compelling, brilliantly plotted, and incredibly moving all at once. I think at this point we can all just agree to follow Ward wherever she takes us." --Virginia Feito, author of Mrs. March "The dread rises like a saltwater tide in a claustrophobic cave. Looking Glass Sound is a mesmerizing and haunting performance of a novel." --Lavie Tidhar, author of By Force Alone "Ward dazzles with her ability to deliver satisfying narrative surprises at nearly every turn." --Publishers Weekly "Ward is an inspired spider and Looking Glass Sound is her most masterful web yet. And we, dear readers, are nothing more than mere flies happily trapped within the pages of this brilliantly intricate novel."--Clay McLeod Chapman, author of Ghost Eaters "Readers will question every word as Ward expertly weaves together an enigmatic story of friendship, young love, obsession, and horror."--Polygon
"A blisteringly smart portrait of the tortuous ways a story can take on its own life. Surprising, moving, and sophisticated." --Megan Shepherd, New York Times bestselling author of Malice House "An origami puzzle of a book, the mystery so beautifully crafted you don't see the folds, with edges sharp as a paper cut. I loved it." --Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls "Looking Glass Sound is a wonderful piece of Gothic sleight-of-hand. A beautifully sinister tale of perception and identity that had me enthralled from the first page." --Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat "Unbelievably good.... so clever, so haunting and melancholic. It's so beautiful, so dark, and so vivid." --Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne "Totally stunning. ...At its heart a book about the madness of story telling, possession and grief. I loved it!"--Araminta Hall, author of Imperfect Women "Put simply, Looking Glass Sound is a multilayered masterpiece of speculative fiction and proof that a horror novel can reach the greatest of literary heights." --Grimdark Magazine "So, so brilliant. Absolutely Ward's best yet. Her characters, the way she weaves together all the storylines, the reveals - all of them top notch, brilliantly done, and all while my heart was literally banging out of my chest." --Lisa Hall, author of The Perfect Couple
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