Veen, Johanna van - My Darling Dreadful Thing

Veen, Johanna van - My Darling Dreadful Thing

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Title: My Darling Dreadful Thing

Author: Johanna van Veen

Genre: Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Occult Fiction, Ghost Story


Roos Beckman, a young woman, has a unique companion - a spirit named Ruth that only she can see. Their life takes a turn when Roos meets Agnes, a wealthy widow, and becomes entangled in a web of mysteries at Agnes' crumbling estate. The story explores themes of the supernatural, attraction, murder, and the protagonist's sanity being questioned.

In a world where the dead can wake and walk among us, what is truly real?

Roos Beckman has a spirit companion only she can see. Ruth—strange, corpse-like, and dead for centuries—is the only good thing in Roos’ life, which is filled with sordid backroom séances organized by her mother. That is, until wealthy young widow Agnes Knoop attends one of these séances and asks Roos to come live with her at the crumbling estate she inherited upon the death of her husband. The manor is unsettling, but the attraction between Roos and Agnes is palpable. So how does someone end up dead?

Roos is caught red-handed, but she claims a spirit is the culprit. Doctor Montague, a psychologist tasked with finding out whether Roos can be considered mentally fit to stand trial, suspects she’s created an elaborate fantasy to protect her from what really happened. But Roos knows spirits are real; she's loved one of them. She'll have to prove her innocence and her sanity, or lose everything.

LGBTQ+ Themes:

Sapphic, wlw, lesbian, mental health

Relevant Tags:

Mystery, Occult, Fiction, Supernatual, Ghosts, Friendship, Ghost Story

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