Takes a slice of mid-twentieth-century Americana and exposes it as an utter and ongoing gender inequality nightmare. Electric, tense, horrifying, and a righteously angry yowl. Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the WorldAt seventeen, June Hardie is everything a young woman in 1951 shouldnt beindependent, rebellious, a dreamer. June longs to travel, to attend college and to write the dark science fiction stories that consume her waking hours. But her parents only care about making June a better young woman. Her mother grooms her to be a perfect little homemaker while her father pushes her to marry his business partners domineering son. When June resists, her whole world is shatteredsuburbia isnt the only prison for different womenJunes parents commit her to Burrow Place Asylum, aka the Institution. With its sickening conditions, terrifying staff and brutal medical treatments, the Institution preys on Junes darkest secrets and deepest fears. And sh...
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I read this in one sitting really. I am unsure how to describe my feelings on this one. I liked it but...I didn't like the ending and still feel like I have missed something.
I will review.
Read to to the 1/2 way point and then skimmed the rest.
It is safe to say that I was the wrong audience for this book. I really enjoyed the authors previous book Daughters Unto Devils so I didn't even hesitate to request a copy of this book. In my defense the blurb is really misleading. Horror this is not. Science Fiction, perhaps more likely, but even at that I don't think it's done particularly well here because it's just so confusing. I am not an avid reader of Science Fiction though so what ...more
The first thing to know going in is that horror is not a genre; it's a MOOD. This means that horror transcends genre and that it can work its way into any genre.
So go in knowing that this is science fiction.
Set in 1951, the book follows June as she's institutionalized following a mental break. The book moves in two timelines: the one in the institution and the one laying out the events that lead to June ending up there.
And oh, June is a super unreliable narrator. Which makes those flashbacks ...more
That was good! Not at all what I was expecting. I wish I had a deeper connection to Eleanor, the romance, the side characters. But I really liked June, the story, the atmosphere. The scares were great.
Gruesome and gross and a striking, precise commentary on American culture.
I have a huge love for Lukavics and think her horror books, while YA, have a very mature and adult like read to them that keep me coming back and devouring all of her books. Anything dealing with asylums and I'm SOLD. GIMME!
We are set in 1951, the "Past Days", where June is about to graduate from high school and her parents have a very distinctive role for her to play and she just needs to be "better". Sigh. The author does a great job in giving us that trapped feeling where we feel the necessit ...more
Nightingale is supposed to be a horror novel about a young woman, June, who lives in suburbia with her family in what appears to be the United States in the late 1950s/early 1960s, and who, when the book opens, is apparently in a mental hospital.
I think that Ms. Luckavics means for Nightingale to be a novel about how societal expectations then could drive any woman mad, with maybe parallels to today (though I'm giving Ms Luckavics the benefit of the doubt on that one) and place it in the guise ...more
You do know me, You just don't like me
A NetGalley read!
Nightingale wasn't quite the story I expected based on the synopsis. The idea was rather interesting and intriguing. The story was atmospheric. And I think Lukavics did a good job incorporating elements that were popular back in the 1950's like mental institutes and (view spoiler)[aliens (hide spoiler)]. But this was kind of a miss for me.
June was a girl growing up in the 50's man's world. She likes science fiction, aliens and non-typical la ...more