It’s no secret that we at Booklist have reviewed Megan Abbott pretty well. From our reviews of 2005’s Die a Little (“smolders like the night’s last, forgotten cigarette”) and 2012’s Dare Me (“Bring It On meets Fight Club“) to last year’s The Fever (“Abbott may be on her way to becoming a major writer,” I somewhat pompously intoned), we’ve enjoyed her work and have always been eager to read what she writes next.
I mean, sure, we’re professionals, not fanboys and fangirls, so if she ever writes a stinker, we’ll be sure to let you know. But today is not that day.
Want to read this delightfully creepy
little number yourself? For free?
Today we have an opportunity to share FREE copies of her next work with other readers. Her latest, “The Little Men,” is a short story penned as part of the Open Road/Mysterious Press series of “Bibliomysteries” (“Short tales about deadly books”). Set in 1953 Hollywood, it stars Penny, a onetime actress currently making ends meet as a makeup girl. When she moves into a secluded and surprisingly affordable bungalow in the Canyon Arms, she thinks she’s in luck. Then she finds some books the previous tenant left behind. And then she finds out how the previous tenant died . . . .
Want to read this delightfully creepy little number yourself? For free? All you’ve got to do is share this post and add a comment below. Tell us the name of your favorite Abbott book, story, or character—or, if you really want to impress us, quote a favorite line of her prose. Do it before 12 p.m. Central on Friday, September 11. That afternoon, we will randomly choose 10 lucky winners and announce them on the blog. Each winner will receive a download code from Open Road Media allow them to read “The Little Men” on the device of their choice.
Ready? I’ll go first. Here’s a line I loved in Dare Me:
There was the feeling with him always of a room everybody had left.