Book Review: Peter Straub, The Hellfire Club

As shockingly relevant today as it was when it was published in the late nineties, this book showcases Straub’s strengths: clear storytelling that grows more psychologically terrifying as the novel advances to its inevitably horrifying ending. Nora Chancel battles the ghosts from her past as she faces the beginning of menopause and endures every kind of abuse at the hands of men from her husband’s weakness and refusal to stand up for her to his bullying father to a brutal serial killer who it will turn out shares a common goal: to uncover the truth about a long buried literary mystery. A unique tale that was engrossing from start to finish. Warning: some difficult scenes to read.

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