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The Comfort Of Monsters - Willa C Richards

A compelling character driven tale dripping in a thick cloud of mystery and tension!

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"Set in Milwaukee against the real-life crimes of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, the searing tale of a missing girl and a family devastated by her disappearance."


SUMMER 1991 was the summer the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel dubbed ‘the deadliest in the history of Milwaukee’ as the victims of Jeffrey Dahmer’s killing spree were revealed and dominated the headlines. The disappearance of teen Dee McBride is overlooked by an overworked and broken justice system.

2019 nearly thirty years later, Dee's sister, Peg, is still haunted by Dee’s disappearance. Desperate to find answers, the family hire a famous psychic and Peg is plunged back into the past. But exploring the depths of her own memories raises terrifying questions. How much trust can we place in our own recollections?

My Review

Getting stuck in to this read was something I had looked forward to for a while, hearing such good things about this debut I prayed it would live up to the hype and as the chapters flew by I was relishing every second!

This story throws us between 2 time lines in Milwaukee the first deep in the summer of 1991, the height of the Jeffery Dahmer Killing spree and a city haunted by the fear when a teenage girl named Dee McBride disappears.

thirty years later, her sister, Peg, is still haunted by these events and her sister's disappearance. Now their mother, on her deathbed, Her final wish is to know the truth about what happened to Dee all those years ago. The family and Peg so desperate to fulfil her request they hire a psychic to help find Dee.

But this trip to the past does not come with cost as the memories come thick and fast Peg remembers that time the haunting crimes and city in fear the fact her siblings crime was almost overlooked by overworked detectives but with all the anger and fear can Peg really trust her own hazy memories?

This is compelling character driven tale dripping in a thick cloud of mystery and tension we follow Peg and Dees lives and the shocking revelations this delve in to the past brings!

Every thing I had hoped for a real mix of friction and true crime that keep you gripped!

Author Bio

WILLA C. RICHARDS is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she was a Truman Capote Fellow.

Her work has appeared in The Paris Review and she is the recipient of a PEN/Robert J. Dau Prize for Emerging Writers.

The Comfort of Monsters is her debut novel. Willa was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1990. Both her parents are archaeologists and professors at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has three sisters and a brother.

The Comfort of Monsters was inspired by a case her mother worked on as an historic archaeologist. In 2014 she was contacted by a family who, based on a tip-off they received from a psychic, believed their missing daughter was buried in an old cemetery on the Milwaukee County grounds. Willa’s mother helped organise the excavation over that summer, and Willa volunteered as a field tech along with a handful of others. No remains were ever found.

Willa C. Richards on the Jeffrey Dahmer case:

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Thank you to the Publisher and Author for sending me an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this novel and for the opportunity to review these works.

All reviews are my own unbiased opinion.

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