This reads like something I would have devoured as a kid: a great title, a boarding school, some creepy secret societies, found families, and lots of interesting school/research side quests. What can I say, I was always a nerd.
Memorable?: ★★★★ 1/2
Pacing: ★★★ 1/2
The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane follows the adventures of Emmy, a girl who's father disappeared when she was 3 years old, and who's mother is a child psychology literary star with, ironically, no time at all to raise her daughter by the standards she dictates.
With her mother's career rocketing into the the spotlight, Emmy is shipped away to Wellsworth, a prestigious private boarding school in England. Emmy is not really happy with this turn of events, but a mysterious letter referencing her father compels her to explore Wellsworth...and see if maybe the trail to her father isn't as cold as it appears.
Emmy and her new friends soon discover that Wellsworth is hiding secrets, and those secrets have secrets. Will Emmy discover the truth behind her father's disappearance, or will she find herself at the heart of a larger plot?
I found The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane to be extremely well written, engaging, and worth the time as an adult reader. In a way, it reminded me of old-school Disney movies as the audience is clearly middle grade, but the hints of adult awareness and humor are there. I'd imagine that parents would have a great time reading this aloud to their children.
Excited to see the next installment!
"Yes, we are witches, and we're hunting you."
What an impressive and readable collection of essays. Lindy West, the author of Shrill, has returned and she's ready to share some facts and clapbacks.
"In a laugh-out-loud, incisive cultural critique, West extolls the world-changing magic of truth, urging readers to reckon with dark lies in the heart of the American mythos, and unpacking the complicated, and sometimes tragic, politics of not being a white man in the twenty-first century. She tracks the misogyny and propaganda hidden (or not so hidden) in the media she and her peers devoured growing up, a buffet of distortions, delusions, prejudice, and outright bullsh*t that has allowed white male mediocrity to maintain a death grip on American culture and politics-and that delivered us to this precarious, disorienting moment in history."
I have to be honest, these essays were at times hard to read--not necessarily due to the author, but due to the wounds that they reopened for me. Being a woman in today's world isn't easy, and we're still fighting to be heard. Being a woman in America...yeah, it's rough, especially given the current political leader. These essays have receipts. They have anecdotes. And they'll throw you into each and every one of the political turmoils of the now.
The title The Witches Are Coming is derived from West's analysis of Trump's frequent use of the phrase "witch hunt." While Trump is determined to use it as a label that is pro-men, West is quick to remind us that witches were always women who spoke out and had agency, and the phrase "witch hunt" has historical roots in female oppression...not the other way around. So for West, yes, the "witches" are coming. And it's time for a reckoning and reclaiming of the term.
Also, a side note: the chapter on Adam Sandler is inspiring. I, too, hate Adam Sandler for what he represents. West gets it. You tell 'em, girl.
Thank you to Hachette for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.