Book Review | The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home


Title: The Faceless Old Woman....Night Vale Presents

Author: Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

Publisher: Little Brown

Release Date: 28th January 2021

Source: NetGalley

From the New York Times bestselling authors of Welcome to Night Vale and It Devours! and the creators of the No. 1 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 Woman is revealed, as she guides, haunts and sabotages an unfortunate Night Vale resident named Craig. In the end, her dealings with Craig and her 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.

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 creeps about.  I picture her as a spider with a blank female face.

I was expecting this book to be about her creeping about, messing with peoples lives for the worse and generally being a nuisance.  It wasn’t.  Our faceless protagonist has a back story, one that is very different to what I expected.  Her life started in Europe of the 1800’s, we meet her as a young girl just before her life falls apart.  She becomes involved in piracy and the art of revenge.  Her life is dedicated to making sure those that came for family pay, even if that takes years.  

We follow her across the seas from port to city, acquiring friends and seeking closure on the horror from her childhood.  She is not a delicate flower, she grows up strong, feisty and intelligent, a leader of all.  Can she carry out her self imposed journey without losing anyone else close to her?

This part of the story was fantastic, I really wasn’t sure if I’d like this but it flowed so well and I needed to know how it ended and of course we also find out how she ended up in her current state.

As well as her past we journey through her present and it focuses on one man who she watches and how he chooses to live his life along with how she changes it with some subtle and not so subtle hints and nudges.

I really enjoyed this, it was totally quirky and the historical part was a winning partner to the present.  For fans of Night Vale, you should enjoy this.  If you are not familiar, I hope it would still be enjoyable!

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.




10 comments

  1. Great review! I listened to this on audiobook and loved every second. :)

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  2. Weird and historical sounds like a fabulous combination!

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  3. It's intriguing, I'm adding it to my TBR :)

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  4. I could use a few five star books to get my reading moving again!

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  5. Sounds like a really quirky, enjoyable read - I'm putting it on my TBR... Thank you for a great review:)

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