Graveyard of Lost Children – ARC Book Review

Title:- Graveyard of Lost Children

Author:- Katrina Monroe

Date published:- will be published on May 9th 2023

Publisher:- Poisoned Pen Press

No. of pages:- 368 pages

Genre:- Horror/ Thriller/LGBT


Plot:- 4/5

Writing:- 3/5

Overall rating:- 3.5/5

Once she has her grip on you, she’ll never let you go.

At four months old, Olivia Dahl was almost murdered. Driven by haunting visions, her mother became obsessed with the idea that Olivia was a changeling, and that the only way to get her real baby back was to make a trade with the “dead women” living at the bottom of the well. Now Olivia is ready to give birth to a daughter of her own…and for the first time, she hears the women whispering.

Everyone tells Olivia she should be happy. She should be glowing, but the birth of her daughter only fills Olivia with dread. As Olivia’s body starts giving out, slowly deteriorating as the baby eats and eats and eats, she begins to fear that the baby isn’t her daughter at all and, despite her best efforts, history is repeating itself.

Soon images of a black-haired woman plague Olivia’s nightmares, drawing her back to the well that almost claimed her life―tying mother and daughter together in a desperate cycle of fear and violence that must be broken if Olivia has any hope of saving her child…or herself.

Baby Teeth meets The Invited in a haunting story of the sometimes-fragile connection between a woman’s sense of self and what it means to be a “good” mother.

This was a creepy and interesting read.

When Olivia Dahl was four months, she was nearly murdered by her own mother Shannon who was then sent to a mental facility. Now Olivia has become a mother herself to a baby daughter, Flora. Being a mother would have made Olivia feel happy and exhilarated but it feels completely opposite to Olivia. She fears that the baby isn’t hers and suddenly, she feels like history is repeating itself. Then Olivia was also haunted by a dark-haired woman tying her mother and Olivia together.

I do like the plot of the story. I also like how there’s a tinge of horror element in the book. The story divides between past and present–past told in Shannon, who is Olivia’s mother POV and present told in Olivia’s side so we can see both their thoughts and feelings. Did Shannon try to kill her own daughter because a certain dark haired woman told her to do? Is Olivia feel like history might repeat itself? The ending was OK to me but nonetheless, this was a good horror read–the middle of the story is where it became fast paced. In my opinion, reading Olivia’s part was interesting. Overall, if you like a thriller with a horror element in it, then try this book out. Worth 3.5 stars.

Many thanks to Netgalley and publisher for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

Katrina Monroe lives in Minnesota with her wife, two children, and Eddie, the ghost who haunts their bedroom closets.

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