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Dove Keeper (The Beheaders) Paperback – June 21, 2018
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"Moving forward and back in time, the stories of three women . . . weave together to create a tale of loss, loneliness, and survival. Emily Deibler's Dove Keeper is an imaginative work of gothic horror laced with eerily beautiful descriptors and haunting imagery . . . I can usually predict twists . . . but Dove Keeper was a true page-turner.
"For fans of classic or supernatural horror, the grotesque, gothic, Poe, Lovecraft, and others in that vein, I cannot recommend Deibler's work enough. With a debut novel like this, she is absolutely one to watch." - Laurel Lowe, poet
"[Deibler] presents a compelling world that seamlessly weaves the mundane with the unfathomable. The characters are deeply and lovingly explored, making each one feel like someone you could reach out and touch as you read. A beautiful exploration of complicated relationships that shows real understanding of familial conflict and the layers of pain and love that make them. I pride myself in being good at spotting twists, but this one floored me." - Maeve Nettles, poet and artist
"[T]hrilling, captivating and addictive . . . from beginning to end. [C]aptivating to me from the start thanks to the unique premise of the story and the bewitching literature courtesy of the author, Emily Deibler who from the start hooked me with her unique story that was unlike anything I have read before." - Aimee Ann, Red Headed Book Lover
About the Author
Her debut novel, Dove Keeper, was published in 2018.
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 21, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 369 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1979628092
- ISBN-13 : 978-1979628099
- Item Weight : 1.19 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.93 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,350,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Being an avid reader, I can usually predict twists in stories or TV shows, but Dove Keeper was a true page-turner. Deibler is unafraid to dip her pen into the grotesque and sadistic, and deftly managed to incorporate both into Dove Keeper without shortchanging her story or her style. The characters are humanly flawed; the historical details are carefully chosen to frame the world they live in. Every detail is thoughtfully incorporated.
For fans of classic or supernatural horror, the grotesque, gothic, Poe, Lovecraft, and others in that vein, I cannot recommend Deibler's work enough. With a debut novel like this, she is absolutely one to watch.
I pride myself in being good at spotting twists, but this one floored me. While I could have used a bit more lead up to the shocking end, it managed to feel true to the genre rather than outlandish or unbelievable. By the time I reached the end, I trusted Emily so much as the storyteller that I was able to take every punch in the gut the dramatic plot provided.
What's more, in many ways this felt like a love letter to women and to queerness. The focus on women's pleasure in the occasional romance seens felt like a breath of fresh air. The frank discussion of menstruation provided a layer of realness and also a beautiful groundwork for beautiful overarching metaphors that just scream gothic horror. The queer overtones made my heart ache, and the book makes sure to put them in context of the time while still presenting them as postive, worthy feelings to have.
All in all, I loved this book and I love this author. I can't wait to see what she puts out next!