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We Hear Voices by Evie Green : Review

An eerie horror debut about a little boy who recovers from a mysterious pandemic and inherits an imaginary friend who makes him do violent things…

Kids have imaginary friends. Rachel knows this. So when her young son, Billy, miraculously recovers from a horrible flu that has proven fatal for many, she thinks nothing of Delfy, his new invisible friend. After all, her family is healthy and that’s all that matters.

But soon Delfy is telling Billy what to do, and the boy is acting up and lashing out in ways he never has before. As Delfy’s influence is growing stranger and more sinister by the day, and rising tensions threaten to tear Rachel’s family apart, she clings to one purpose: to protect her children at any cost–even from themselves.

We Hear Voices is a mischievously gripping near-future horror novel that tests the fragility of family and the terrifying gray area between fear and love.

I don’t read a lot of non-fantasy these days and when I do I usually do so only when I have a solid idea of what the book is about and whether I would like it or not. This is one of the rare non-fantasy books that I started reading without first reading about the plot or checking out any reviews at all and I’m both happy and annoyed at myself for not doing that. I’m glad because I thought We Hear Voices was a great book that I struggled to put down once I had picked it up, but I’m annoyed because I didn’t realize it featured a pandemic that I found to so similar to Covid that it made the story hit home a lot harder than it probably would have any other year! I’m really glad that I read this book because it is so good, but I honestly probably would have waited a bit longer to read it if I had known what it was about.

I won’t go too much into the plot out of fear of spoiling things for anyone, but I will say that if I were to make a checklist of everything an author needed to include in a book to genuinely frighten me or creep me out while I was reading it, Evie Green would have checked them all off. Whether it’s creepy imaginary friends making children do bad or evil things, or a seemingly unstoppable pandemic killing people off left and right. I could probably go on and on with the list, so instead, I’ll just say that whether Evie Green intended to or not, she took aspects of every movie that scared me and gave me nightmares as a kid and included them in this book.

Now I don’t know if this book was supposed to be as scary or creepy as I found it to be, or if anyone else will feel even remotely the say way about it as I did, but it was a fantastic book no matter what and I would happily recommend it to anyone looking for something new and different to read. Evie Green has proven herself to be a fantastic author and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us all next!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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