Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and continued now by Tressa at Wishful Endings under the heading “Can’t Wait Wednesday” where readers and bloggers share and discuss books they are excited about reading and which have generally not yet been released. I’m sticking with “Waiting On Wednesday” just because I like the way it rolls off the tongue.
Fans of the blog will know how much I loved Quenby Olson’s supernatural/horror novel The Half Killed. If you’re not a regular follower check out my review in the link in the previous sentence. Here’s the blurb from the back cover of that one:
“Dorothea Hawes has no wish to renew contact with what lies beyond the veil. After an attempt to take her own life, she has retired into seclusion, but as the wounds on her body heal, she is drawn into a world she wants nothing more than to avoid.
She is sought out by Julian Chissick, a former man of God who wants her help in discovering who is behind the gruesome murder of a young woman. But the manner of death is all too familiar to Dorothea, and she begins to fear that something even more terrible is about to unleash itself on London.
And so Dorothea risks her life and her sanity in order to save people who are oblivious to the threat that hovers over them. It is a task that forces her into a confrontation with her own lurid past, and tests her ability to shape events frighteningly beyond her control.”
As I said in my review, it’s story that will seduce you. I absolutely love Olson’s dark, intimate, and immersive writing style and the Victorian setting. It was a five star read for me, and I’ve been waiting on a follow-up novel for months. Unfortunately this isn’t a Waiting On Wednesday post about book two in the series. From what I understand Olson is working on that story, but it isn’t ready yet. She did write a short story though…and that’s what this post is about
The Family Blood: A Sundered Veil Story is a new short story about Dorothea Hawes prior to the events of The Half Killed. Here’s the synopsis:
“Young Dorothea Hawes finds herself bereft and alone, her parents buried amidst whispers of devilry and scandal. The voices that had plagued her had gone silent, and she hopes it will mean an end to the darkness that took her family. But the cold comfort of her new guardians soon takes on a dangerous edge, and Dorothea fears those entrusted with her safety have instead succumbed to a familiar horror.”
I know what you’re thinking…a single short story that’s not part of some larger anthology isn’t your normal Waiting On Wednesday post. Yeah I get it. I also know many of you are not short story fans and that’s cool, I’m not typically a short-fiction fan either. But I’m still really looking forward to this story dropping in my e-reader, and let me tell you why. Even though it isn’t a new full-length novel it IS a new story about our protagonist Dorothea Hawes, and I finally found out the name of what I hope is an ongoing series! I’m really anticipating another glimpse into Miss Hawes’ past that we don’t already know about from The Half Killed. Hers is an intriguing character and I’m curious to see her story fleshed out a little more. It will hopefully hold me over until book two comes out. Hopefully. So if you’re reading this Quenby Olson I’m patiently waiting on book two. For now. No rush. Don’t stress. Just sitting here Waiting…On Wednesday. (OK so maybe this became a post about that book two after all).
The Family Blood will be released tomorrow, September 13th. You can pre-order it now for $0.99 on Amazon here. I ordered mine almost three weeks ago when Olson first announced it, I was that excited. I’ll try to get a quick review of it up once I’ve finished it.
If you enjoyed The Half Killed I hope you’ll check out The Family Blood with me. I’d love to hear your thoughts after reading it.