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Daphne

By Josh Malerman
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Horror has a new name: Daphne. A brutal, enigmatic woman stalks a high school basketball team in a reimagining of the slasher genre by the New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box.

“A superb serial killer novel and a great coming-of-age story.”—Gabino Iglesias, author of The Devil Takes You Home


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It’s the last summer for Kit Lamb: The last summer before college. The last summer with her high school basketball team, and with Dana, her best friend. The last summer before her life begins.

But the night before the big game, one of the players tells a ghost story about Daphne, a girl who went to their school many years ago and died under mysterious circumstances. Some say she was murdered, others that she died by her own hand. And some say that Daphne is a murderer herself. They also say that Daphne is still out there, obsessed with revenge, and will appear to kill again anytime someone thinks about her.

After Kit hears the story, her teammates vanish, one by one, and Kit begins to suspect that the stories about Daphne are real . . . and to fear that her own mind is conjuring the killer. Now it’s a race against time as Kit searches for the truth behind the legend and learns to face her own fears—before the summer of her lifetime becomes the last summer of her life.

Mixing a nostalgic coming-of-age story and an instantly iconic female villain with an innovative new vision of classic horror, Daphne is an unforgettable thriller as only Josh Malerman could imagine it.

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“Todo pueblo tiene su particular historia de terror. La de Sanhattan es Daphne, un fantasma qué aparece y te mata con sus propias manos, y que tiene predilección por matar a jugadoras de baloncesto. La única manera de sobrevivir es no pensar en ella, pero como consigues no pensar en ella? + otra lectura con leyenda urbana Murder Road de Simone ST James.”
“*1.5, really* There were some ideas in this book that I just really wish were executed better. Interesting ideas about mental illness controlling and consuming you, and the pressure that is put on teenagers entering adulthood. However, ultimately this read like a creepypasta and I kinda wish it had been a creepypasta instead of a full-length novel because it felt about 200 pages too long. Not a fan of the author’s prose or language (if I hear the word seven-footer or baller ever again I’m going to scream) or the dialogue. It also just felt like there were way too many characters with first and last names. It’s not a good sign that pretty much everyone who died, my reaction was “wait who is that??””

About Josh Malerman

Josh Malerman is a New York Times bestselling author and one of two singer-songwriters for the rock band The High Strung. His debut novel, Bird Box, is the inspiration for the hit Netflix film of the same name. His other novels include Unbury Carol, Inspection, A House at the Bottom of a Lake, and Malorie, the sequel to Bird Box. Malerman lives in Michigan with his fiancée, the artist-musician Allison Laakko.

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