Three-time International Horror Guild and Shirley Jackson Award Winner Glen Hirshberg brings his flair for the grim, grisly, and emotionally harrowing to this standalone sequel to Motherless Child.
Reeling from the violent death of her daughter and a confrontation with the Whistler―the monster who wrecked her life--Jess has fled the South for a tiny college town in New Hampshire. There she huddles in a fire-blackened house with her crippled lover, her infant grandson, and the creature that was once her daughter’s best friend, and may or may not be a threat.
Rebecca, an orphan undergrad caring for Jess’s grandson, finds in Jess’ house the promise of a family she has never known, but also a terrifying secret.
Meanwhile, unhinged and unmoored, the Whistler watches from the rooftops and awaits his moment.
And deep in the Mississippi Delta, the evil that spawned him stirs…
Praise for Good Girls:
“There is enough material in GOOD GIRLS a novel twice its length. But the economy and grace of Hirshberg’s style allow him to fit this plenitude into a more modest number of pages, while maintaining its full emotional and thematic resonance. The novel continually returns to its title, interrogating notions of goodness. What, it asks, might the phrase ‘good girls’ mean for a mother or a young woman or a monster? Is it possible for a monster to demonstrate goodness? It does all this while hurtling toward a climax that is heartbreaking, horrifying, and riveting. With MOTHERLESS CHILD, Glen Hirshberg embarked on a new phase of a career whose accomplishments were already many and considerable. GOOD GIRLS fulfills the promise of its predecessor, and promises more to come. A third novel in the series has been announced; It cannot arrive soon enough.” —John Langan, Locus Magazine
“Glen Hirshberg continues to knock it out of the park with Good Girls, the second in his brilliant Motherless Children series. This is why vampire fiction will never die” — Jonathan Maberry (NYT Bestselling Author of the Rot & Ruin and Joe Ledger series)
“…a bravura display of storytelling finesse; its visceral horrors are intensified by the care that Hirshberg has taken to develop the emotional lives of the characters on whom the horrors are inflicted.”— Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
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Praise for the Works of Glen Hirshberg and Motherless Child (Good Girlsís predecessor):
“Glen Hirshberg is an amazing writer who makes the materials of horror into what they were supposed to be all along: grandly sweeping, capable of tremendous reach, and open to all aspects of human experience.” ―Peter Straub
“No fangs, no pretty shirtless vampires, and no romance here—this one is a spine-tingler with smart dialogue, a thickly atmospheric setting, and plenty of visceral violence.” ―Booklist (Starred Review) on Motherless Child
“Always one of his generation's finest stylists, its most able students of character, Hirshberg has written one of the best books of the year.” ―The Los Angeles Review of Books on Motherless Child
“A superbly gritty and intense novel.” ―Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column on Motherless Child
“A staggeringly good novel, and if I had any complaint, it's that it ended too soon. Highly recommended.” ―Horrorworld on Motherless Child