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  • An Awakening of Terror
  • Written by: Nat Cassidy
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Mary

Written by: Nat Cassidy
Narrated by: Susan Bennett
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Publisher's Summary

Nat Cassidy’s highly commercial debut horror novel, Mary, blends Midsommar with elements of American Psycho and a pinch of I'll Be Gone in the Dark.

Mary is a quiet middle-aged woman doing her best to blend into the background. Unremarkable. Invisible. Unknown even to herself.

But lately, things have been changing inside Mary. Along with the hot flashes and body aches, she can’t look in a mirror without passing out, and the voices in her head have been urging her to do unspeakable things.

Fired from her job in New York, she moves back to her hometown hoping to reconnect with her past and inner self. What she finds instead are visions of terrifying mutilated specters that come with increasing regularity; she begins auto-writing strange thoughts and phrases, and her investigations reveal that these experiences are echoes of an infamous serial killer.

Then the killings begin again.

Mary’s definitely going to find herself.

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Nightfire.

©2022 Nat Cassidy (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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Great story , unnecessarily long

Was such a great original story , great twists and character building but went on and on about things that could have wrapped up a lot sooner and would have still gotten the same idea .
The last bit felt like it went on forever

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Too long.

Mary is an interesting story with good characterization and excellent narration. But, it is way, way too long and, in my humble opinion, needs a big, fat edit. Nevertheless, I listened and listened and listened because, if one endures all those superfluous words, it is a good story. However, as I found myself celebrating the long-awaited arrival of the final chapter... there is an epilogue that is, in my opinion, unnecessary. Then, as I found myself celebrating the end of the epilogue... there is a long-winded author's afterward that is, in my opinion, so patronizing I want to slap him. Anyway, if you can be patient with this way-too-long story that offers a different take on the horror genre, Mary is worth a credit.

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happy listening

I really enjoyed the narrator for this book.
she did a wonderful job telling this story.

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Too long

Performances were good. The story was ok, but I kept getting bored. There were some thrilling parts but it was too drawn out and went on far too long.

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Good performance. Not my kind of book.

I expected something else coming into this and was disappointed it wasn't what I thought. The narrator was fantastic though.

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Just Meh too long winded

Way too long for what it was ,super annoying the author had to be so wordy with everything it became painful to listen to after awhile ;(

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Wild in the best way

"Abuse is its own kind of reincarnation, isn’t it? We become the ones who made us.

This was wildly horrific and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Mary is invisible. At least, she seems to be to the people around her. An unassuming woman at the end of her 40's, she is struggling to deal with hot flashes, body aches, and the overall side effects of going through perimenopause. But something else is changing too; she seems to lose chunks of time, she discovers she's auto-writing things she doesn't remember, she hears voices guiding her through her days, and most of all she can't look in the mirror without fainting. When she loses her job in NYC, she is forced to move back to her hometown to care for her ailing aunt. On her journey to find herself, she ends up discovering much more than she bargained for.

On the surface this book is a riveting psychological horror story, but underneath it's so much more than that. Touching on themes such as ageism, femininity, patriarchal ideals, and (peri)menopause. I was surprised to learn the author is a man, but his foreword and afterword explains why, despite that, this book is such an accurate depiction of life as a middle aged woman.

I'm honestly glad I didn't read the whole synopsis of this one before diving in, because it surprised me at every turn. For me to enjoy an unreliable narrator, it needs to be done expertly and this book did just that. It was twisty, dark, and balls-to-the-wall weird, but in the best way. I highly recommend the audiobook as the narrator does an excellent job of bringing the story to life.

This story won't be for everyone, but it was exactly what I was looking for. If you're looking for a horrific psychological read, this is the one.

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This was an absolutely stunning novel. Chilling, disturbing and moving all at the same time. I loved it!!

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Slow beginning but hooked me till the end

This story is a slow burn, with twists and turns along the way. At times I hated Mary and others I fell in love with her. Just read it.

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what a story!

I love this story. the twists and turns were unexpected and gripping. some reviews say that the ending dragged on or that the story needs to be edited down, but I wholeheartedly disagree. I thoroughly enjoyed listening and would recommend this book to anyone looking for a ghostly, spiritual, cult horror story.

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