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  • The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home

  • A Welcome to Night Vale Novel
  • Written by: Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
  • Narrated by: Mara Wilson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (75 ratings)

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The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home

Written by: Joseph Fink,Jeffrey Cranor
Narrated by: Mara Wilson
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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling authors of Welcome to Night Vale and It Devours! and the creators of the hit podcast, comes a new novel set in the world of Night Vale and beyond.

In the town of Night Vale, there’s a faceless old woman who secretly lives in everyone’s home, but no one knows how she got there or where she came from...until now. Told in a series of eerie flashbacks, the story of The Faceless Old Woman goes back centuries to reveal an initially blissful and then tragic childhood on a Mediterranean Estate in the early 19th century, her rise in the criminal underworld of Europe, a nautical adventure with a mysterious organization of smugglers, her plot for revenge on the ones who betrayed her, and ultimately her death and its aftermath, as her spirit travels the world for decades until settling in modern-day Night Vale.

Interspersed throughout is a present-day story in Night Vale, as The Faceless Old Woman guides, haunts, and sabotages a man named Craig. In the end, her current day dealings with Craig and her swashbuckling history in 19th century Europe will come together in the most unexpected and horrifying way. 

Part The Haunting of Hill House, part The Count of Monte Cristo, and 100 percent about a faceless old woman who secretly lives in your home.

©2020 Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (P)2020 HarperAudio

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Superb

The story is amazing, especially if you heard the podcast before, though it's not necessary. It makes you think about life and love and revenge in a novel way. The performance is astonishing as well. This is a fantastic story and the audio makes it almost perfect!

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Surprisingly Compelling

I'm a regular listener to Nightvale. I love the macabre nonsense, but didn't think I could take a whole book of it. It took me a while to buy this book because of that. However, this isn't that. After an opening that is classic Nightvale to story slips into a surprisingly compelling, casually inclusive tale. The characters are unique but relatable. The book contains enough details to paint vivid pictures, but not so much that you get bogged down in the Moby Dick of it all.

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Very good!

Its a really good book and definitely worth it i love their podcast and wanted to no more about it and this is a great way to learn about how the faceless old woman came to be

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Must listen

The Faceless Old Woman has always been one of my favourite Welcome to Nightvale characters and this may be the best Nightvale book yet- I loved it! It also answers some questions that the podcast leaves open-ended.
It’s heartbreaking, heartwarming and a must listen.

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Terrific listen right up to the end.

I'm not a Night Vale 'guy' but this was a terrific story right up until the end. Thank you for a great listen.

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Dark!

Awesome dark story that doesn’t cop out. I the best Night Vale story so far.

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A Great Listen

Mara Wilson does an amazing job delivering this well written and haunting story of loss, betryal and revenge. you will cheer, dispair, love and recoil from the life and decisions of this protagonist. A modern Greek Tradgedy style piece that I couldn't put down.

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Another great Night Vale adventure

Love the podcast, listened to every episode and then moved on to Alice Isnt Dead. Now working through this and the other Night Vale books.

Good story, though seems a little drawn out at times towards the end and then it all comes around and finishes strong and then you understand why the story is formatted the way it is.

Comments that this isnt a "real" Night Vale story are valid, though I tend to disagree. This is a more intricate story line with less supernatural content than you would expect from the podcast but still in the Night Vale universe.

EDIT/UPDATE: After some time away from this story I look back and tend to agree more with those commentators that this isn't a "real" Night Vale story. There are elements to it but overall it is quite a bit further off than I originally thought. Alice Isn't Dead, for example, is much more within the Night Vale Universe than this story but I still enjoyed them both.

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Not A Nightvale Book

If you're looking for a continuation of the Nightvale series with all the weirdness and funny moments unfortunately you're not going to find it here. There is an occasional reference to there littered about, but they are few and far between. This is a book that is well written and interesting, but it should not be listed as Nightvale book 3. I feel this uses the interest of people who enjoy Nightvale to trick them into listening to something completely different than would be expected. I actually had to check the store page to see if I had indeed purchased the correct book after a short listening period.
Overall it is worth a read and is well written and interesting, but don't go into it expecting anything even remotely close to the first 2 books so you're not disappointed. This is a standalone book that references Nightvale for around 5% of the whole novel. The Nightvale moments are amazing as expected, but they will be short.

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Not nightvale

This is hard to review. If I'm rating it as nightvale, 3. If I'm writing it as a stand alone non night vale book, 4. It just didn't have any weirdness in it.

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