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The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home

(Welcome to Night Vale #3)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  3,251 ratings  ·  634 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling authors of Welcome to Night Vale and It Devours! and the creators of the hit podcast, comes a new novel set in the world of Night Vale and beyond.

In the town of Night Vale, there’s a faceless old woman who secretly lives in everyone’s home, but no one knows how she got there or where she came from...until now. Told in a series of eerie f
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by Harper Perennial
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Kate No, it reads as a stand-alone. It references Night Vale from the podcast and other books but basically you just need to know that’s a place where weir…moreNo, it reads as a stand-alone. It references Night Vale from the podcast and other books but basically you just need to know that’s a place where weird things happen. I researched more on their website as well and they state that all their books are stand-alones. Hope this helps!(less)
C yes it was announced on the podcast

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Your subconscious always knows, well before the rest of you. There was someone behind you. You attempted to find her face, but couldn't quite make it out. Yet you felt her stare.

This being a Nightvale novel, I was expecting weird goings-on, and dirty tricks by the Sheriff's Secret Police. To my surprise, I got a rollicking tale of smuggling, and seafaring adventure, filled with piratey goodness. And, the characters performing the feats of derring do? Why, they're all women, so - yay! It seems th
Beth The Vampire
If you had given me this book without a cover or a title, I would have probably found this novel quite enjoyable. It's a simple tale of crime and revenge upon the high seas with a strong female protagonist. However, this is a Night Vale novel. And for that reason alone, I just didn't really enjoy this. For starters, the story didn't even take place in Night Vale!

In Night Vale, there is a faceless old woman who secretly lives in your home. Sounds great right? Spooky and intriguing at the same tim
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic origin story, filled with clever word play, creepy moments, and unfathomable history.
I take care of you, but you refuse to take care of yourself, Craig.
I can whisper ideas in your ear while you sleep. I can pay off your debts. I can cause a perfectly responsible and considerate woman to wreck her car to bring you into her life. I can create scenes, leave cryptic notes, punish your enemies, reward your friends. I'm in your house. I'm in their houses. I am everywhere. All the time. Right now.

Book 3 in the Night Vale novels, spun out from the podcast that started it all, and final
Sep 15, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Holy hell I'm stupid excited. ...more
Kris (Cress)
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This felt very different from other Night Vale books right away, and more like a traditional novel involving danger, thievery, smuggling, and revenge. I kept waiting for it to feel "More Like Night Vale", all the while thoroughly enjoying the main story of The Faceless Old Woman and feeling very confused about how her past intersected with the small sections involving her current interactions with Night Vale resident Craig. By the time it all came together I was completely entranced. The end wor ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
I found this novel...entertaining. It was amusing and fun and forgettable. The quality was good enough to get by, but certainly lackluster compared to the spark and originality of the podcast and the previous novels. This book hung its hat on the impact of a predictable ending. The sidekicks were one-dimensional and diligently served obvious plot functions. Disappointingly, something here didn't click. 
For me, this is the first product of the Night Vale universe that seemed franchisey - it has m
Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)
Do you like ghost stories? This book is for you!

Do you like revenge plots? This book is for you!

Do you like ragtag teams of criminals? This book is for you!

Do you like bizarre alternate versions of historical Europe? This book is for you!

Do you like dark humor and bitterly harsh realities? This book is for you!

Do you like Welcome to Night Vale? Obviously this book is for you; that’s probably what brought you to this review anyway, right?

Do you like sweet and happy endings? Dear god, please don’t
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I attempted many different voices, hoping to find anything that could reach him. I tried being Jesus. I tried being one of the horses. I tried telling him I was his subconscious, but he didn’t know what that word meant. He never questioned the existence of the voices, but he certainly did not take them seriously.

This was not what I was expecting, but was still an entertaining read. I thought the vibe was a lot different than It Devours, creepier and more solemn, if I had to pinpoint.

We start ou
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give this a better rating. I love the Night Vale team, but this was a misstep. Boring throughout, with a story that I personally had no interest in. The FOWWSLIYH was a lot cooler and creepier without a lengthy backstory. Lots of characters but no real character development. A very disappointing ending.
Jiny S
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
The opener was strong and compelling. It was creepy and gave me chills of excitement. I would be content just to read about how this creepy old lady ghost takes care of this Craig and haunts him and the people around him into good decisions. There should be a book on that! It reminds of You by Caroline Kepnes, the stalker murderer psychopath, but with a side of paranormal vigor.

Many stories use this style of writing: use the present time to set the mood of the ending, and then use flashbacks to
Lauren Stoolfire
Welcome to Night Vale is one of my favorite podcasts and I've really been enjoying the novels as well, so of course I jumped at the chance to read T The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home. Well, listen to the audiobook which is narrated by Mara Wilson who gives voice to titular old woman in the podcast. This book is much different than the others in the series and the podcast as well. We don't see a whole lot of Night Vale itself as the story is primarily told in a series of flas ...more
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I wanted to love this one. I adore Night Vale so much, but this book dragged ooooooooon and the reason for the faceless old woman was...mediocre at best. She could have had this really awesome backstory that was complex and intriguing. This one definitely fell short of their normal production.
I really enjoyed the story overall and I'm glad I read it for its characters and world-building but unfortunately the pacing was a bit off for me - thus the rating. I kind of got disinterested in the middle and had a long break in reading because of that but then it gained traction once again and I devoured the rest of the story. The ending and the final reveals were truly satisfying.
I love WTNV, and I’ve really enjoyed the other books ... I admit that this started to drag in the middle, and I was worried that this was going to be the weakest installment of the WTNV books so far. But then it all ties together beautifully! The ending was just the disturbingly poetic (or poetically disturbing?) type of story that defines Night Vale.
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't as spooky as I suspected, but I enjoyed it all the same.

Definitely want to see what's going on with the rest of the Night Vale series.
The Lit Bitch
This book was a huge shot in the dark for me. I hadn’t heard of the series before, and the fact that it was the third in a series so I had no idea what I was getting myself into….and it’s categorized as sci-fi which I usually don’t read much of.

I thought the title sounded interesting and I loved the promise of a creepy old woman haunting people and the cover is quirky and eye catching, so in the end I thought…..why not.

It’s rare that I read a ‘shot in the dark’ book, I usually try and stick with
biblio_mom (Aiza)
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"My life had measured Itself in moments, in days, and in months, but my best magic nothing. I, like the universe, was called, timeless and ever-expanding".

The story was told from a first-person point of view, the faceless woman herself. It follows the faceless old woman who secretly lives in people houses. She goes around Craig's life watching his every move. Then, she began telling us her own story right from when she was born. Her mother died giving birth to her and when she grew up as a kid,
I've always loved the character of the faceless old woman who secretly lives in your home. She's so weird and enigmatic. While I absolutely loved this story as an adventure and a journey about revenge, I am a bit saddened that I know more about the FOWWSLIYH. I liked when she was a mystery. I enjoyed this until the last couple chapters. During the back story part of her life, it was a compelling read with some great side characters (esp Rebekah). Once it got to the end though, it was a little to ...more
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The prequel to Welcome to Night Vale we didn't know we needed! The faceless old woman who secretly lives in your home has always been a curious character. Where did she come from? Why doesn't she have a face? Why is she so obsessed with Craig? This origin story is truly amazing. We start in the 18th Century when our young heroine grew up and follow her all the way up to present day Night Vale. This book is a beautiful blend between horror and historical fiction and the ending gave me chills. Gre ...more
Was I expecting a somewhat scary story about a woman who haunts the homes of people that live in Night Vale? Yes. Is that what I got? No. This story was not what I expected at all, but I still thought it was good. I wish it had a little more of a scary element to it, but that’s just personal preference and I’m not sure if everyone would agree.

The Story: The story was told using two different time periods. The book used present day, which told the story of the faceless old lady haunting a man nam
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 7.5/10

Thanks to the publisher and authors for an advance reading copy of The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home (Welcome to Night Vale #3) for review consideration. This did not influence my thoughts or opinions.

A swashbuckling origin story sure to fill the hearts of the Night Vale audience, though may be more lackluster for those who haven’t followed from the beginning. An intriguing story with a worthwhile ending.

I’ve been aware of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast for
The most fascinating ghost story you'll ever read ...more
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Holy crow I am Reeling. Wow.
Traveling Cloak
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home is a ghost story-turned-memoir. It is told from the perspective of the Old Woman, and is written in autobiographical style. This is my first Night Vale experience, and I was absolutely fascinated by the story authors Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor put together.

Before I started writing this review, I spent 15 minutes skimming the book. I had read it 2 weeks ago, and, while I absolutely loved it, I have read several more books since and a few
Billy Jepma
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I enjoyed this so, so, so very much.

As only a casual listener of the "Night Vale" podcast (I've gone through a collective total of >50 episodes, which sounds like a lot...until you see how many there actually are), I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into with this. The Faceless Old Woman is one of the most delightfully unsettling recurring characters in the podcast, and I love Mara Wilson, so hearing that she was narrating the audiobook of the character she voices on the podcast was enough
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"I could feel the lawlessness of the West. There was certainly a lawlessness of the sea, but everything at sea must eventually return to land. The desert did not require a returning. The desert could be a person's eternity."
"I made a home in Night Vale. I made several homes. Secretly, I lived in everybody's home at once."

That was an amazing origin story. She is the storyteller and decides which parts she wants to focus on; there is a lot of detailed plot happening especially in her childhood up
This novel had me quite confused. It’s not your typical Nightvale novel, and there is only one or two characters from that town in this novel.

Most of the novel takes place somewhere in the early 1800’s, I’m guessing....? It was also in an alternate Europe of the world Nightvale inhabits. So I found this novel was very good, and filled with derring-do, fights, pirates, sailing, boats, explosions, murder, betrayal, and just about anything else you can think of, and it lead with this strong female
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love Night Vale and it’s creepy weird vibe, I started on the podcast and am slowly working my way through the scripts and the other podcasts they’ve released such as Alice Isn’t Dead, they never fail to entertain and also frequently make me exclaim “what just happened?”.

The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home or for my fingers sake, The Faceless Old Woman tells the story of one of Night Vale’s creepiest inhabitants. She seems to live in everyone’s homes, she steals, noses and cr
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Joseph Fink is the creator of the Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn't Dead podcasts, and the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Welcome to Night Vale, It Devours!, and The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home (all written with Jeffrey Cranor) and Alice Isn’t Dead. He is also the author of the children’s novel, The Halloween Moon. He and his wife, Meg Bashwiner have wri ...more

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