Book Review: Black Sheep by Rachel Harrison

My book review on Rachel Harrison's new book, Black Sheep.

Title: Black Sheep

By: Rachel Harrison

Genre: Horror

Pages: 336

Release Date: September 12, 2023

Publisher: Berkley

Rating: ★★★★★


Summary from Goodreads:

A cynical twentysomething must confront her unconventional family’s dark secrets in this fiery, irreverent horror novel from the author of Such Sharp Teeth and Cackle.

Nobody has a “normal” family, but Vesper Wright’s is truly...something else. Vesper left home at eighteen and never looked back—mostly because she was told that leaving the staunchly religious community she grew up in meant she couldn’t return. But then an envelope arrives on her doorstep.

Inside is an invitation to the wedding of Vesper’s beloved cousin Rosie. It’s to be hosted at the family farm. Have they made an exception to the rule? It wouldn’t be the first time Vesper’s been given special treatment. Is the invite a sweet gesture? An olive branch? A trap? Doesn’t matter. Something inside her insists she go to the wedding. Even if it means returning to the toxic environment she escaped. Even if it means reuniting with her mother, Constance, a former horror film star and forever ice queen.

When Vesper’s homecoming exhumes a terrifying secret, she’s forced to reckon with her family’s beliefs and her own crisis of faith in this deliciously sinister novel that explores the way family ties can bind us as we struggle to find our place in the world.


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Can we just start off by saying how much I absolutely love this book.

I don't generally read horror books since I don't usually find them scary and all the books that have been recommended to me have been predictable, but this book threw me for a loop right off the bat.

Right off the back, Vesper alludes to her strange upbringing. We quickly find out she was in a cult as a child and once she left, she was forbidden to ever go back. After receiving an invitation to her best friend and cousins wedding, she decides to go home for the sake of her cousin, but this is the start of some pretty crazy things.

I don't want to ruin the wonderful surprises between these covers, so I will leave it there, but trust me when I say, you will not believe what kind of cult this is.

Obviously, I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. It was one twist and turn after the next. A wonderfully sinister story that made my toes tingle with every evil page. Great read!

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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