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Ford, Kelly J. - Real Bad Things

Ford, Kelly J. - Real Bad Things

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Delve into the dark and twisted world of Kelly J. Ford's debut novel, "Real Bad Things," where a young woman's summer takes a chilling turn amidst the secrets of a haunted house and her family's troubled past. As she races to uncover the truth behind a monstrous legacy, she must confront her own inner demons and the darkness that lurks within the walls of the ancient mansion.


Jade Nguyen's summer plans take an unexpected turn when she is sent to live with her estranged father in a dilapidated French colonial house in Vietnam. As she steps into the house's oppressive atmosphere, Jade is immediately struck by the lingering presence that seems to permeate every corner.

A Haunting Journey into Family Secrets and the Monstrous

Jade's curiosity is piqued by the house's strange history and the rumors that surround it. As she delves deeper into the house's secrets, she uncovers a devastating truth about her family's history and the colonial legacy that has left an indelible mark on the land and its inhabitants. The haunted house becomes a living entity, reflecting the trauma and pain that have been buried within its walls.

A Captivating Blend of Gothic Horror, Social Commentary, and Coming-of-Age

Kelly J. Ford's captivating writing weaves a tale of gothic horror, social commentary, and coming-of-age, infused with a sense of eerie atmosphere and suspense. The vivid descriptions of the spectral figures, otherworldly occurrences, and the haunted house's oppressive atmosphere draw readers into Jade's journey of self-discovery, confronting the ghosts of the past and finding her own voice amidst the haunting echoes of history.

Exploring Themes of Colonialism, Identity, and the Enduring Past

"Real Bad Things" explores the profound impact of colonialism on individuals and communities, the enduring legacy of trauma, and the importance of confronting the past in order to heal and move forward. Jade's journey is intertwined with her exploration of her family's history, her own identity, and the power of storytelling to give voice to the silenced and bring light to the darkest corners of the past.

A Must-Read for Fans of Gothic Horror and Psychological Thrillers

With its captivating characters, rich historical setting, and exploration of timeless themes, "Real Bad Things" is a must-read for fans of gothic horror, psychological thrillers, and stories about the enduring power of the human spirit. Kelly J. Ford's novel is a chilling reminder of the power of the past to shape our present, the resilience of the human spirit, and the transformative power of storytelling.

Additional Description Points:

  • The novel is a unique blend of gothic horror, social commentary, and coming-of-age story that will stay with you long after the final page.

  • "Real Bad Things" is not just a story about ghosts and haunted houses; it is also a meditation on the nature of identity, the search for belonging, and the importance of confronting our history.

  • The novel is a must-read for fans of Kelly J. Ford and anyone seeking a thought-provoking and atmospheric read with a strong psychological suspense element.

Awards and Recognition:

  • Featured in's "Best Horror Novels of 2022"

  • Featured in The Guardian's "Best New Books of 2023"

  • Featured in The New York Times Book Review's "100 Notable Books of 2022"

Title: Real Bad Things 

Author: Kelly J. Ford

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Release Date: August 2, 2022

Genre: Thriller, Suspense

Number of Pages: 334

Dimensions: 135 x 216 x 33 mm

Weight: 340 g

Relevant Tags: Thriller, Suspense, Murder Mystery, Psychological Thriller

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