This is Where We Talk Things Out by Caitlin Marceau
This Is Where We Talk Things Out by Caitlin Marceau, author of Palimpsest: A Collection of Contemporary Horror, follows the gut-wrenching journey of Miller and her estranged mother, Sylvie, who have always had a tense relationship.
After Miller's father dies, she agrees to a girls' vacation away from the city to reconnect with the only family she has left. Although she’s eager to make things work, Miller can’t help but worry that her mother is seeing their countryside retreat as a fun weekend getaway instead of what it really is: a last-ditch effort to repair their relationship.
Unfortunately, that quickly becomes the least of Miller’s problems.
Sylvie's trapped in the past and if Miller's not careful, she will be too. A cross between Stephen King's Misery and Stephanie Wrobel's Darling Rose Gold, This Is Where We Talk Things Out explores the horror of familial trauma, mother-daughter relationships, and what happens when we don't let go.
"In her debut novella, This is Where We Talk Things Out, Caitlin Marceau has crafted one of the most horrifying reads of the year. A fast-paced plot and increasing tension from the first chapter made the pages fly by, while her gift for making readers care about her characters in such a brief story raised the stakes all the more. With relatable scenarios that dug ever deeper into danger, I raced to the end, too tense to keep going, but impossible to put down."
—Laurel Hightower, author of Crossroads and Below.
"Emotionally claustrophobic and unnerving. Takes dysfunctional family to a whole new level."
—Ali Seay, author of To Offer Her Pleasure.
“This is Where We Talk Things Out by Caitlin Marceau is a winter storm knocking on your door, and the chills it has brought are not ones you can escape. If Misery, “A Rose for Emily”, and Mommie Dearest had a lovechild, here it is. A genuinely upsetting horror novella that holds nothing back. This page-turner will have you devouring the book in a day or two, but you won’t be able to stop thinking about it for weeks. Marceau is a dynamite force to keep an eye on.”
— Sara Tantlinger, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Devil’s Dreamland.
“Marceau is one of the most chilling new voices in horror.”
— Lindy Ryan, author of Bless Your Heart.