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The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home (2020)

by Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor

Series: Welcome to Night Vale (Novel 3)

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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 flashbacks, the story of The Faceless Old Woman goes back centuries to reveal an initially blissful and then tragic childhood on a Mediterranean Estate in the early nineteenth century, her rise in the criminal underworld of Europe, a nautical adventure with a mysterious organization of smugglers, her plot for revenge on the ones who betrayed her, and ultimately her death and its aftermath, as her spirit travels the world for decades until settling in modern-day Night Vale.

Interspersed throughout is a present-day story in Night Vale, as The Faceless Old Woman guides, haunts, and sabotages a man named Craig. In the end, her current day dealings with Craig and her swashbuckling history in nineteenth century Europe will come together in the most unexpected and horrifying way.

Part The Haunting of Hill House, part The Count of Monte Cristo, and 100% about a faceless old woman who secretly lives in your home.

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It was perfect in every way but it broke my heart so I'll deduct a star and confiscate it 'till the next novel heals my wounds. ( )
  Silenostar | Dec 7, 2022 |
This is unlike the other Night Vale novels and the podcast in the best possible way. Much of the story takes place outside of Night Vale, centering on the story of the Faceless Old Woman who lives in Night Vale.
It was amazing hearing her story. I was so drawn into her character and how much getting her revenge meant to her as a person and carried her both in life and the state she was beyond.
Don't go into this book expecting to read more about the town of Night Vale. Go into this with an open mind and be amazed by the storytelling. ( )
  kayfeif | Jul 7, 2022 |
Alternates between being serious and humorous. Wasn't crazy about the ending? Wasn't the best 'vengeance is mine!' type of story but if you are a Welcome to Night Vale fan looking for more background info on the FOWWSLIYH then its worth a read. ( )
  awesomejen2 | Jun 21, 2022 |
This quickly became my favorite of the three Night Vale novels. ( )
  ennuiprayer | Jan 14, 2022 |
This book was everything I wanted it to be and more. ( )
  jmacccc | Apr 30, 2021 |
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Fantasy. Fiction. Horror. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:

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 flashbacks, the story of The Faceless Old Woman goes back centuries to reveal an initially blissful and then tragic childhood on a Mediterranean Estate in the early nineteenth century, her rise in the criminal underworld of Europe, a nautical adventure with a mysterious organization of smugglers, her plot for revenge on the ones who betrayed her, and ultimately her death and its aftermath, as her spirit travels the world for decades until settling in modern-day Night Vale.

Interspersed throughout is a present-day story in Night Vale, as The Faceless Old Woman guides, haunts, and sabotages a man named Craig. In the end, her current day dealings with Craig and her swashbuckling history in nineteenth century Europe will come together in the most unexpected and horrifying way.

Part The Haunting of Hill House, part The Count of Monte Cristo, and 100% about a faceless old woman who secretly lives in your home.

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