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You Let Me In delivers a stunning tale from debut author Camilla Bruce, combining the sinister domestic atmosphere of Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects with the otherwordly thrills of Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

Cassandra Tipp is dead...or is she?

After all, the notorious recluse and eccentric bestselling novelist has always been prone to flights of fancy--ev
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 21st 2020 by Tor Books (first published March 5th 2020)
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Stella Delaney If you like horror, thriller or stories that are more "graphic" in terms of violence, you will not find this book very scary in that sense.
However, t…more
If you like horror, thriller or stories that are more "graphic" in terms of violence, you will not find this book very scary in that sense.
However, there are many dark implications, which might be shocking for certain readers.

I would say haunting rather than scary.

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Debra
I'm out. I just can't get into this book. Some are really enjoying it, but I have decided to pass on this one. I'm not giving this book a rating as I did not finish. ...more
Spencer Orey
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Joanne Harris
This book is an exquisite rarity: a faerie book that is at the same time marvellously visual and imaginative, but works equally well as a study of human trauma; a love story (of sorts); a family drama; a wholly engaging mystery. I found it in my ARCS-to-read pile (which this year has been sadly neglected) and started it with no great expectation, although by the end of the third page I was not only hooked, but beginning to think that this might be the best book I'd read all year. Anyone who know ...more
Blair
Recipe for You Let Me In: take the dark, folkloric themes of Pine or Lanny; mix with the lyrical, romantic style of The Summer That Melted Everything; add a relationship with the same disturbing overtones as those of My Dark Vanessa; combine with the weird atmosphere of two or three short stories by Kelly Link and Elizabeth Hand; and you have something unnerving, strange, yet rich and rather beautiful.

It opens with an article describing the disappearance of Cassandra Tipp, a 74-year-old roma
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Holly  B

Not enjoying this one ... so I'm abandoning at 15%

Bye bye Mr. Pepper-Man...
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Carolyn
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title and cover for his novel didn't prepare me at all for what was inside and I'm still not sure exactly what I read. It's written as a letter from Cassandra Tipp, a 74 year old successful romance writer who has disappeared, addressed to her niece and nephew. She had a tumultuous life to say the least, accused of murdering her husband and later losing her father and brother in a murder-suicide. She also suffered from trauma as a child and underwent therapy for years, becoming the subject of ...more
Patricia
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a crazy and weird novel! I don't really know what to make of this, but I enjoyed every minute of this book. This book is about evil fairies and family drama. I dare you to try reading YOU LET ME IN; I hope you get sucked in as I did! Happy reading! ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
3.5 stars

Review to come.

*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
Schizanthus Nerd
‘Fiction is sometimes better than reality, don’t you think?’
Romance novelist Cassandra Tipp has been missing for a year and as per her Last Will and Testament, her considerable estate is to be shared by her niece and nephew. The only catch is, in order to make the claim, they need to go to Cassandra’s home and find the password hidden somewhere in the manuscript she left for them.
You’re standing in my study, holding this story in your hands - the last one I’ll ever tell.
In doing so they w
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Mary
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
the fuck did i just read
for real
wtf
if you're a fan of traditionally written fairies, you might enjoy this more than i did
it was just... so weird
i feel confused and uncomfortable
idk man
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Frank Phillips
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars, rounded down..

What an original, peculiar, creepy debut! Going into this novel I had very low expectations, based off of some of my very reliable Goodreads friends' reviews. Despite my reservations when I saw this at my local bookstore I had to grab it and give it a shot. The first bit was a little rough and didn't catch me automatically, but the further I got into the story that was sucked into the wonderful, yet dark and sometimes even sinister world the fairies. I loved it. I expect
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Lady H
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
I have been procrastinating writing this review because I'm uncertain how to articulate the experience of reading this strange book. Reading it felt somewhat like wading through a humid, foggy forest; there was beauty and a sense of timelessness, and yet the story weighed heavily on me too, as I constantly questioned whether I was reading about a supernatural experience or trauma-induced mental instability.

Ever since she was a young girl, Cassandra could see fairies; one in particular, whom she
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Linda Strong

Cassandra Tipp has disappeared. Did she just pick up and leave? Is she dead? Has she been murdered? Did she commit suicide?

From the time of her childhood, she has always been different. She has a friend .. no one else can see him. He's old, ragged, she calls him Pepper-Man because that's what he smells like. He brings her gifts of rotten flowers, dead twigs .. maybe something worse.

She has a family history of death. Her husband was found disemboweled years ago. Cassandra was though to have kille
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Amy Imogene Reads
Super weird, definitely meant to disturb, and not afraid of killing any expectations you had about faeries. Welcome to You Let Me In.

Concept: ★★★★ 1/2
Writing style: ★★★★
Pacing: ★★★★★
Content warnings: Yes, a lot of them, please see end of review.

You Let Me In comes out on April 21.

First off, I'd like to make a disclaimer that I'm about to praise this novel, but it in no way means that I am praising the subject matter. There are dark themes in this, and if you are concerned about warnings please s
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Bandit
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly didn’t know what to expect from this book. Or, to be more accurate, I had an idea of what it might be and then it went and blew my expectations right out of the water. Because the initial appearance screams thriller, doesn’t it. One of those ever so popular female driven female authored thrillers dominating the genre these days. You have a women’s face on the cover, there’s that title that makes you go…well, Let Me In and Let The Right One in were taken and there are only so many titl ...more
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
Dec 16, 2019 marked it as wishlist  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ by: Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
Shelves: netgalley
Heather told me this was a creepy mystery about evil faeries and that was all I needed to finagle myself an ARC.

I CAN'T BLOODY WAIT TO BEGIN THIS LITTLE SHINDIG
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Kirsty
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A glorious, pitch-black fairy tale of a book. Lush, strange and defiant. As soon as I finished it, I went straight back to the start and read it again.
Julie (JuJu)
Mar 23, 2020 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers
Shelves: dnf
DNF - this is my first DNF in a long time!

This book cover was so eerie looking! And the description was just as alluring. But this book wasn’t my cup of tea...I don’t care for Fantasy. As soon as the author started discussing faeries, I was done.

Thank you to Edelweiss, Tor Books and Camilla Bruce for this digital ARC, although I wasn’t able to read and review!
Jennifer Novotney
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About the book:

You Let Me In by Camila Bruce is a thriller from Tor Books in the vein of Shirley Jackson, Carmen Maria Machado, and Tana French. It is due out in April 2020.

The book is written in first-person from the perspective of Cassandra Tipp, who has mysteriously gone missing at 74 years old. Did she die? Did she disappear? No one knows. Cassandra, a best selling novelist, has left a manuscript behind for her niece and nephew in the case of her disappearance with a few stipulations. Only h
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Katie
Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars, this really was weird and not at all what I was expecting. I didn't think I would end up liking it that much at about half way through but it was unique and creepy and strange and I quite liked the ending. Definitely not going to be for everyone though. ...more
Indieflower
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
At first glance at the cover, I expected this to be a bog standard psychological thriller, how wrong I was! A strange, compelling tale of a little girl Cassandra and her disturbing relationship with a mysterious entity she calls Pepper Man. As Cassandra grows up we begin to wonder if Pepper Man is the vampiric faerie she would have us believe or is he perhaps someone monstrous closer to home? Cleverly written, little clues are scattered that begin to make sense as the story continues and the fac ...more
Nigel
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In brief - I really am not sure whether it was quite good or quite bad... Three star I think though maybe only just. A marmite book perhaps.

In full
I enjoyed the start of this book. We have (or rather don't have!) Cassie Trip, an eccentric and ageing author who has not been seen for a year. Her nephew and niece are carrying out her final instructions by visiting her house. They find a manuscript from Cassie with instructions that they are to read it to claim their inheritance. It is Cassie's life
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K.S. Marsden
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Throughout her life, Cassie is the only witness to the dark faeries' deeds. She has to survive her family and a murder trial.

I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is weird.
It is not a murder mystery, or thriller. It will not give you any answers.
Instead, it follows Cassie and her interactions with the faeries - these are not Disney Tinkerbells, they are real, dark, not-dead things that leech life.

For as long as she can remember, Pepper-Man has been ther
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ℳacarena
2021-02-12-19-39-56

Wooooow! This book has blown my mind, seriously. Disturbing and twisted. I couldn't stop reading. After finishing it I needed some time to process and I kept thinking over and over about ... everything!

It took me by surprise, because at first I thought the story was more like a thriller, but no, not at all.

This is definitely the most dark-disturbing-twisted book I've read this 2019. I loved it!
I won't try to explain the plot, because I don't want to give any spoilers. I can only say that if you
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Ruthy lavin
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a marmite book, you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it.... and I absolutely loved it!
Fantastical, eerie, strange, but so brilliantly imaginative and well written.
If you’re a fan of the Miss Peregrine books or Where the forest meets the stars, you’ll love this.
A literary triumph (but it won’t be to everyone’s taste) although it really needs a revised cover as it’s misleading and totally unsuited to the actual story.
An easy 4 stars ⭐️
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2020/05/11/...

Wow, what did I just read!? Talk about being bowled over, considering I’d been on the fence on this book for a while due to the strangeness of its description. Admittedly, I only picked up You Let Me In because it had been languishing in my review pile and I needed a quick fantasy read for Wyrd & Wonder, but I ended up loving it to bits. Guess it just goes to show, you never know until you try.

But first, if you’re consid
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Tania
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: bookclub, 2020, fantasy
"I could easily hold two strings of truth in my mind and feel them both to be real without getting confused about it."

3.5 stars. The above may be easy for Cassie, the main narrator of this unsettling story, but I bet you will find it more difficult to not become muddled by these two strings of truth.

The one possible version of Cassie's life is quite bleak - from a very young age she is fed upon by a macabre faerie, the Pepper-man, who visits her nightly. She falls pregnant but must leave her ba
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Menna van Praag
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very intriguing book. I read it in one sitting - it's gloriously short - which in itself is a commendation. And I found myself thinking about it for several days afterwards. It's a strange story & unexpected and I'm not entirely sure how to classify it but all in all a very good read. I adore the cover! ...more
The Nerd Daily
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Marla Warren

Perhaps more accurately called gothic-horror rather than a thriller, but at the same time, it is not exactly horror either…this book quickly becomes very hard to categorise. What is not hard, is getting enveloped into the tale that is weaved by Camilla Bruce in her debut novel.

Fans of Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls or Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series will find much familiarity here as similar elements of magical realism are u
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