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Review - Weep, Woman, Weep by Maria DeBlassie

Synopsis -

The women of Sueño, New Mexico don’t know how to live a life without sorrows. That’s La Llorona’s doing. She roams the waterways looking for the next generation of girls to baptize, filling them with more tears than any woman should have to hold. And there’s not much they can do about the Weeping Woman except to avoid walking along the riverbank at night and to try to keep their sadness in check. That’s what attracts her to them: the pain and heartache that gets passed down from one generation of women to the next.

Mercy knows this, probably better than anyone. She lost her best friend to La Llorona and almost found a watery grave herself. But she survived. Only she didn’t come back quite right and she knows La Llorona won’t be satisfied until she drags the one soul that got away back to the bottom of the river.

In a battle for her life, Mercy fights to break the chains of generational trauma and reclaim her soul free from ancestral hauntings by turning to the only things that she knows can save her: plant medicine, pulp books, and the promise of a love so strong not even La Llorona can stop it from happening. What unfolds is a stunning tale of one woman’s journey into magic, healing, and rebirth.

Review -

Billed as a gothic fairytale, Weep, Woman, Weep by Maria DeBlassie tells the story of Mercy, a young woman living in a small town in New Mexico.

The story is told through the eyes of Mercy over the course of a couple of decades, although the narrator does remain coy about her age and the passage of time.

While there are some subtle horror elements, specifically the La Llorona legend, this really is a story about one woman's struggle to remain independent even though doing so is at odds with the views and beliefs of the people in her small part of the world.

The writing is conversational and at times feels as though we are peeking into Mercy's private journal. It's a tight story and a quick read that is entertaining, and while I would have liked there to be more with La Llorona, this was still an enjoyable read.

You can pick up your copy HERE, and it is available on KU,

4 stars out of 5

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