Keenan has always been happiest surrounded by books. She was the kid in elementary school who was always getting in trouble for trying to sneakily read her book during class. She grew up on the Redwood Coast of Northern California and has lived in Seattle since 2016.
Reviews & Recommendations
Merricat, her sister Constance, and their ailing uncle Julian live together on the Blackwood estate, ostracized by the residents of the nearby village after the rest of the Blackwood family died under mysterious circumstances. This story overflows with Shirley Jackson's signature sense of creeping unease and mounting tension. It is both an eerie mystery and a study of the different ways people might cope in the aftermath of a traumatic event.
If you are interested in monster movies, old Hollywood, and/or the history of women in the film industry, this is the book for you! O'Meara does a spectacular job of blending stories from her own personal experience in the film industry with the incredibly well-researched history of Millicent Patrick, the woman responsible for designing the iconic Creature from the Black Lagoon, and why her name has languished in obscurity for so long.
I cannot say enough good things about this incredible book! It is a beautifully written story that traces the lineage of generational trauma and disenfranchisement along two branches of a single family tree, beginning in 18th century Ghana and concluding in the present day. Each chapter follows a new character, and each character is so vividly portrayed that the reader is instantly deeply invested in their story. It's a reading experience that will stick with you long after you've finished the book.