I would like to say thank you to Olivia, and Titan for sending me a physical copy of Sister, Maiden, Monster by Lucy A. Snyder for free in exchange for an honest review.
I couldn't reply to the email quick enough when I saw Sister, Maiden, Monster in the title I have been keeping an eye on this book since I did my post Horror Books Coming Out in 2023. Dear Reader, it did not disappoint, and I can’t wait to reread this book at Halloween.
Before we get too far into this review, I will be honest with you dear Reader, I don’t think this book will be for everyone as it is very graphic in some places. Personally, I thoroughly recommend this for anyone who is looking for a great horror story who doesn’t mind things on the gorier side. This book is very graphic and pulls no punches but don’t let that put you off it explores themes of gender, sexism, women’s rights, and abuse.
This story is broken into three distinct sections and each one follows a different perspective. We spend most of our time with Erin she is our introduction into the new world of the PVG pandemic. We then have a short stint with professional BDSM switch Savannah who is just interesting! Without any spoilers that’s all I can really say dear Reader. Finally, we finish the book with Mareva.
I think in different circumstances I could be friends with these three very different ladies. Each one of them is a strong independent woman in her own right and minus the whole PVG pandemic could be a role model. Erin works in the computer field which after a quick look on aunty google, I found out only 24% of computing jobs are held by women. Mareva works at the same company that Erin does and has been through a lot in her life and lives with a complicated medical condition. Savannah is a professional BDSM switch, and this is a sex work friendly zone, and we will have respect for one of the oldest professions in the world.
Lucy does a wonderful job in the book of giving us a world that feels very similar to ours after covid. But unlike our current reality another virus took over and gives us a new barren, grotesque, and hopeless world to live in.
I think this is a gripping story with a fair amount to wince at and to question our real world. Lucy tackles the complexity that is currently the argument about contraception and women’s right to choose in the states. In the book they try to enforce an IUD onto Erin because despite the PVG pandemic and complications is causes abortions are still illegal. The nurse even tries the fear tactic of “Are you new to being a woman” to try and force the IUD issue. This is after Erin has been told her phone is bugged and everything is being monitored thanks to laws passed while she was recovering from the PVG infection. Honestly just pick up this book and read page 80-81.
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