Monday, March 2, 2020

Book Review | The Boatman's Daughter by Andy Davidson

The Boatman's Daughter is a southern novel of horror fiction by Andy Davidson.

The Boatman's Daughter by Andy Davidson

A "lush nightmare" (Paul Tremblay) of a supernatural thriller about a young woman facing down ancient forces in the depths of the bayou

Ever since her father was killed when she was just a child, Miranda Crabtree has kept her head down and her eyes up, ferrying contraband for a mad preacher and his declining band of followers to make ends meet and to protect an old witch and a secret child from harm.

But dark forces are at work in the bayou, both human and supernatural, conspiring to disrupt the rhythms of Miranda's peculiar and precarious life. And when the preacher makes an unthinkable demand, it sets Miranda on a desperate, dangerous path, forcing her to consider what she is willing to sacrifice to keep her loved ones safe.

With the heady mythmaking of Neil Gaiman and the heartrending pacing of Joe Hill, Andy Davidson spins a thrilling tale of love and duty, of loss and discovery. The Boatman's Daughter is a gorgeous, horrifying novel, a journey into the dark corners of human nature, drawing our worst fears and temptations out into the light.

I mentioned in my review of Where the Crawdads Sing earlier this year that five star reviews can be so hard for me to write sometimes. I don't always have the words to capture the "feeling" of what I'm reading. And that feeling is what I seek when I lose myself in a book. When I tagged The Boatman's Daughter as read on Goodreads, I posted in my review space "Eeek. This feels impossible to review right now." It still feels that way.

After loving In the Valley of Sun so much, I was really looking forward to reading The Boatman's Daughter and entering one of Davidson's worlds again. This time I was a more experienced reader and knew to slow down and savor what was inside.

Davidson's books are an amazing mix of prose, setting, and character, and I highly recommend that you lose yourself in one of them.



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  1. I'm so excited to read this. Hoping to catch up this month!

  2. I'm on the hold list for this one. I'm a tad nervous because you know that In The Valley of the Sun didn't work for me. However, I'm willing to give this one the good old college try!

  3. I need to add this one to my list!


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