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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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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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Exquisite darkness. Prose that paints a horror from which you cannot look away. Also fun!

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Awesome!

I loved every wonderful moment of this book Mara Wilson was an incredible narrator and the novel was so well written. It pulled me in and pulled me along. A super listening experience.

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  • Evan Anthony Oliver
  • 2020-07-27

God if I could give zero stars on the story...

The narrator is a delight.

There ends the good things I can say about this book. If I had been reading a physical copy of this I wouldn't be leaving a review because I would never have finished it. All of the "twists" are predictable and boring. This is a story of a crappy person who makes crappy life decisions and ends up a crappy not ghost fueled by misplaced and idiotic revenge. I read a lot of reviews about it having a strong female lead but really the strong adjective is untrue, the only thing keeping this from being a truly lame book is the minimal uniqueness of her being female and not a generic male lead. I'm a big fan of the authors but this lacked all the usual uniqueness and the characters were trapped by the mundane normalcy of the regular world. This felt like a 90s movie attempt at "horror" and reminded me of the quality of the movie Stay Alive. It was a waste of time but not even in the fun way bad things can be. Bad. This was an offensively bad book. Honestly I feel like I need a break from all their works for a while after this, 2020 really seeped into this one. ugh.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-03-30

Disappointing

I like Welcome to Nightvale because it's spooky and funny. This book is neither of those things. There is too much meandering backstory and very little connection to Nightvale.

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  • Gwen
  • 2020-05-08

Disappointing

I love Welcome to Night Vale as well as the Night Vale novel and it devours, but this didn’t love up to my expectations. It is marketed towards WTNV listeners, which I am, but is not remotely Night Vale-esqe. It’s a great adventure story about pirates that I would love to read normally, but to market it as about the faceless old woman automatically sets the listener/reader up for disappointment. With the philosophy but not the imagination or imagery of Night Vale, this book should have been clearly defined as not for listeners of the podcast. My advice to potential buyers: if you’re here for that feeling and beautiful imagery that Night Vale gives you, don’t buy this. It trades relatable yet ethereal and otherworldly to fantastical and cheap.

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  • Beauin
  • 2020-03-27

The best book I have ever consumed

I will preface this by saying i am only five and a half hours in. It is absolutely abysmal, heart-wrenching and terrifying, and has reduced me to a sobbing mess more than once in the five straight hours i have spent listening to it. It is currently 1:35 am, and I did not realize it was so late because i was so sucked into the captivating, adventurous, heartbreaking story, cutting humor, and spectacular performance that The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home provides. I have been a fan of Joseph and Jeffry since the early days of WTNV and have eagerly consumed every podcast and book that they have created for years, but this is frankly their best work yet, and I will absolutely be listening to this over and over for years to come.

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  • R. MCRACKAN
  • 2020-08-14

Meandering mess

At times this story is interesting and at times there is clever wordplay. But this doesn't overcome the fact that it's mostly a meandering mess. It spends most of the time as a Count of Monte Cristo knock off (complete with Napoleonic time frame and certain names). Yet somehow that 50+ hour book is more focused than this 9 hour one. Then there's this other modern element which doesn't really fit in, despite spending the final 20% of the book trying to do just that.

Also: if you think this has anything at all to do with Welcome to Night Vale, just run. Tenuous doesn't begin to describe just how loosely this novel connects with that world, despite the evocative name.

It's not that "The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home" is bad. It's just failed to keep my attention for most of its short runtime. Stellar narration though.

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  • Jonathan H.
  • 2020-05-28

Weak compared to the other Nightvale books

I love the other two Nightvale books, so I was really excited about this book. There are moments of greatness, but the majority of the book is not odd or quirky but a straightforward revenge tale. I'm disappointed, and I hope the next Nightvale books return to what makes them favorites of mine.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-03-17

just incredible

All the Night Vale books are great but I think this is my favorite one this far. It answers plenty of questions and leaves you wanting to re listen to the whole podcast!

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  • Elie
  • 2021-02-18

exceptional

Like any other nightvale production, this story is exceptional in its elements, storyline, progression.. everything really!
Mara's voice is so perfect for this because you wouldn't want to hear anybody else being the faceless old woman.
highly recommend this book for anyone who like the weird, the adventure, the mystery, and the suspense!

Thank you nightvale team for the wonderful read!

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  • Melina
  • 2020-11-23

nearly perfect

i love welcome to nightvale so much! this book was great, it was just a little predictable at times, but still a worthwhile experience. 10/10 recommend.

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  • Shadow125125
  • 2020-11-16

Not as interesting as i hoped

The titular character from welcome to nightvale has always been an enjoyable mystery but this novel which finally gives us some answers i feel lets us down. the origin story is a rather bland bog standard revenge story told in a too passive a voice. which also i feel lets the character down. the story probably would have benefited from 3rd person narration. while not bad it isn't what you might hope.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-08-26

This book was excellent company

I didn't think I'd enjoy this book as much as I did, and that's coming from a big fan of the podcast. I was sobbing by the end of it. I suppose it seems fitting that a book about betrayal would leave me feeling betrayed, because nothing could have prepared me for the directions it took. In general, I love the writing choices the authors make when directing the plot and creating the characters. They're always so interesting and loveable, and written in such a way that I find them relatable, even when we share nothing in common.
I love Mara's performance, and after nearly 10 hours of listening to her narration, I'm not sure how I can get on with my day without someone's voice whispering weird and soul wrenching stories in my ear. I'm starting the other two Night Vale novels.

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  • Riley
  • 2020-04-10

Better than I expected

Mara's performance never disappoints and getting to hear her whole story was a true delight.