Feb 10
2017

2016 Locus Recommended Reading List

The newly released 2016 Locus Recommended Reading List includes The Family Plot by Cherie Priest and Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee, plus two pieces of short fiction (“Foxfire, Foxfire” and “Shadows Weave”) by Yoon Ha Lee!

Oct 6
2016

B&N SFF on The Family Plot

The Family Plot by Cherie Priest

“A ghost story lives or dies on its creep factor, and Priest absolutely nails it, spinning a Southern Gothic tale of family secrets and avenging spirits with just enough humor sprinkled throughout to break the tension before racheting the suspense back up to heart-pounding levels.” — Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Oct 3
2016

Tor.com on The Family Plot

The Family Plot by Cherie Priest

“Priest has a striking prose style—­she’s immensely readable—­and a chilling ability to write really unnerving scenes…The house itself is an incredible character. Place matters, here: matters deeply. One of the most notable things about The Family Plot, as a southern Gothic haunted house horror novel, is the sense of ever-increasing claustrophobia. It’s about interiors, both literal and metaphorical: the interior of the house, and the inside of a person’s mind and/or emotions. The inside of the home turned strange and threatening: the inside of the self exposed and forced into the light.” — Tor.com

Sep 29
2016

RT Book Reviews on The Family Plot

The Family Plot by Cherie Priest

“Priest continues to cement her reputation as a master of modern gothic with a haunted house tale that’s a slow burn with an utterly addictive finale. Though it feels like more could be done with the ghosts of the Withrow house, the living characters do more than their fair share of lifting with interactions that are charming and funny. That said, fans and new readers should walk away satisfied and just a little bit worried when in the house alone.” — RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

Sep 15
2016

Booklist starred review for The Family Plot

The Family Plot by Cherie Priest

“In Priest’s gothic haunted-house story, workers at failing architectural salvage company are given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reverse their fortunes, if they can survive the ghosts plaguing the property. Dahlia Dutton, the daughter of Music City Salvage’s owner, loves old houses. She’s still sore over losing her own beautifully restored home in her divorce. Once Dahlia arrives at the grand, well-preserved Withrow estate in the Tennessee mountains, she wishes she could save it; instead, she and her crew­her estranged cousin Bobby; his lovable son, Gabe; and salvage rookie Brad­have mere days to rescue the valuables before demolition. To save money, they sleep on-site, when the mansion’s romantic charm turns menacing. Strange occurrences and spectral sightings increase as the crew dismantles the house, exposing the Withrow family’s secrets. Priest spices up a standard haunting with an irresistible premise focused on the “hidden treasure” aspect of salvage work. Careful character building accentuates the novel’s slow build, so by the time the salvagers are in real danger, they feel like real people, too. Despite lulls in pacing, the final scenes are terrifying. Highly recommended for fans of contemporary ghost stories.” — Booklist, Starred Review

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