“At seventeen, June Hardie is everything a young woman in 1951 shouldn’t be—independent, rebellious, a dreamer. June longs to travel, to attend college and to write the dark science fiction stories that consume her waking hours. But her parents only care about making June a better young woman. Her mother grooms her to be a perfect little homemaker while her father pushes her to marry his business partner’s domineering son. When June resists, her whole world is shattered—suburbia isn’t the only prison for different women…
June’s parents commit her to Burrow Place Asylum, aka the Institution. With its sickening conditions, terrifying staff and brutal “medical treatments,” the Institution preys on June’s darkest secrets and deepest fears. And she’s not alone. The Institution terrorizes June’s fragile roommate, Eleanor, and the other women locked away within its crumbling walls. Those who dare speak up disappear…or worse. Trapped between a gruesome reality and increasingly sinister hallucinations, June isn’t sure where her nightmares end and real life begins. But she does know one thing: in order to survive, she must destroy the Institution before it finally claims them all.”
Why I need it:
I have always been interested in Amy Lukavics’ books. I have had Women in the Walls on my TBR for a long time. Her books always sound great and have gloriously gothic covers. I am just yet to read one.
What caught my attention with this book is the premise. I am a big fan of historic novels set in mental hospitals. I don’t like mentally ill people being portrayed as the subject of horror. I prefer the hospital novels that show doctors or the old medical treatments as the source of the horror. It used to be the case a long time ago that a woman could be committed just for being a bit “hysterical” and I think that opens up a door to horror. Imagine being committed when you are perfectly sane. Plenty of novels and tv shows play with that idea, but I still cant get enough of it.
The historic side to stories like this is also interesting because what is considered normal now might be considered a mental illness back then. I could probably write an entire post on how to write historical hospital horror without portraying ill people as monsters.
Also even though I complain about YA sometimes I love YA horror. I think it is a great middle ground between the graphic world of adult horror and the kid friendly middle grade horror. I need more YA horror in my life. (If you have any recommendations feel free to share them)
Nightingale is scheduled for release on October 1st 2018