The Brambles

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Elizabeth Gray is found hanging from a tree. Her town is shocked to learn that Elizabeth had no birth certificate, no social security number, no record of education. Her mother refuses to cooperate with authorities. But Elizabeth is not truly gone: she communicates in spirit with her three childhood playmates, driving them to investigate the true circumstances of her death. More

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About Leah Erickson

Leah Erickson is the author of the novel "The Brambles" (2017) and the upcoming novel "Blythe of the Gates." Her short fiction has appeared in many magazines and journals in print and online, including The Fabulist, Pantheon Magazine, The Saint Ann’s Review, Eclectica, The Coachella Review, and many more. She is the winner of the Independent Press Award in Crime Fiction, President's Choice in the Independent Book Awards, and placed in the New York Book Festival of 2018. She lives near Newport, Rhode Island with her husband and daughter.

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Review by: Jennifer Drummey on March 7, 2018 :
In Leah Erickson's psychological thriller The Brambles, a mysterious young woman named Elizabeth commits suicide – at least that's how the papers report it. But in the face of mounting evidence, her three childhood friends reconnect and start an investigation of their own, spurred on by messages from Elizabeth herself. Well-rounded characters discover that what united them in childhood still holds strong. As one character states: “Things are different when you’re a kid, you know? We were more open-minded. Stuff was magical. There was almost a kind of heaven in it. I think about the firefield, and it was like … this plain of existence. We couldn’t go back to it anymore because we don’t believe. But I’d believe again if I could.” Readers of psychological, supernatural thrillers will enjoy this well-crafted and swiftly paced tale.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Anastasia3 on March 4, 2018 :
This novel is very atmospheric, with a pervading sense of unease and otherworldliness. The characters are very nuanced, complex, and well drawn, and the story delves deeply into the mind of a psychological predator. I guess I would describe this as a dark mystery novel? If you like Joyce Carol Oates, or if you enjoy Twin Peaks, this may appeal to you. Might also be good for mature teens and new adults if they have a taste for goth.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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