This Thing Between Us
Books | Fiction / Horror
"A surreal excursion into heartache and horror narrated by a man undone by grief . . . Along with allusions to Rod Serling and The Exorcist, there are shades of H. P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, zombie literature and, at least once, A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy . . . You don't want to read this book right before bed." —Sarah Lyall, The New York Times Book Review“This intense cosmic horror with a touch of Mexican American folklore is incredibly creepy and moving.” —Margaret Kingsbury, BuzzFeedIt was Vera’s idea to buy the Itza. The “world’s most advanced smart speaker!” didn’t interest Thiago, but Vera thought it would be a bit of fun for them amidst all the strange occurrences happening in the condo. It made things worse. The cold spots and scratching in the walls were weird enough, but peculiar packages started showing up at the house—who ordered industrial lye? Then there was the eerie music at odd hours, Thiago waking up to Itza projecting light shows in an empty room.It was funny and strange right up until Vera was killed, and Thiago’s world became unbearable. Pundits and politicians all looking to turn his wife’s death into a symbol for their own agendas. A barrage of texts from her well-meaning friends about letting go and moving on. Waking to the sound of Itza talking softly to someone in the living room . . .The only thing left to do was get far away from Chicago. Away from everything and everyone. A secluded cabin in Colorado seemed like the perfect place to hole up with his crushing grief. But soon Thiago realizes there is no escape—not from his guilt, not from his simmering rage, and not from the evil hunting him, feeding on his grief, determined to make its way into this world.A bold, original horror novel about grief, loneliness and the oppressive intimacy of technology, This Thing Between Us marks the arrival of a spectacular new talent.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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"I really enjoyed it, but maybe I wasn’t smart enough to completely understand the ending. Definitely a great horror and exploration of grief."
"Maybe I didn’t understand the story enough but I really didn’t like this book. I was hoping for more of a paranormal read from the blurb but this felt like a let down. It wasn’t scary at all. There were many times I was grossed out to the point that I felt sick to my stomach. So if you don’t like disgusting details in stories don’t read this. 2/5 #horror "
"Heartbreaking, insanely creepy, and very abstract. As much as I am into horror and psychological books, I believe this novel was a good combination of the two. I enjoyed how it was written in the second person perspective, this immediately grabbed my attention and I could not stop reading. Although it was pretty confusing towards the end, I was still very impacted by the imagery and ominous (along with sad) writing style and details in the book. "
"I almost dropped this book. The beginning starts as this grief-ridden monologue that just seemed to drag on forever. I'm very glad I stuck it out and kept reading because the way everything gradually unraveled was fantastic. The chase scene in the cabin was one of the creepiest feelings I've ever gotten while reading. "