Death in Her Hands by Otessa Moshfegh


Moshfegh delivers yet another stunning, deliciously dark story told from the perspective of a lonely, unlikeable and unreliable narrator. This time we follow Vesta, a 72-year-old woman who lives alone with her dog in a small town where she knows no-one, and likes it that way. She stumbles across a note in the woods which leads her to believe a young woman called Magda has been murdered, and tasks herself with solving the mystery. What ensues is an incredibly meta look at the craft of writing – this is by no means a typical thriller. Death in Her Hands is a deeply affecting character study about resentment and regret, loneliness and insanity from one of the best writers of our generation. – Georgia