I love and sympathize with the heroine of this book. I’d much rather spend time with homicidal dolls than rich and bored kids. This story, though, takes it a whole lot further than that, and it’s great.
The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky released Tuesday in the Thriller, Young Adult genre.
When it comes to horror movies, the rules are clear:
x Avoid abandoned buildings, warehouses, and cabins at all times.
x Stay together: don’t split up, not even just to “check something out.”
x If there’s a murderer on the loose, do not make out with anyone.
If only surviving in real life were this easy…
New girl Rachel Chavez turns to horror movies for comfort, preferring stabby serial killers and homicidal dolls to the bored rich kids of Manhattan Prep…and to certain memories she’d preferred to keep buried.
Then Rachel is recruited by the Mary Shelley Club, a mysterious society of students who orchestrate Fear Tests, elaborate pranks inspired by urban legends and movie tropes. At first, Rachel embraces the power that comes with reckless pranking. But as the Fear Tests escalate, the competition turns deadly, and it’s clear Rachel is playing a game she can’t afford to lose.
New York Times-bestselling author Goldy Moldavsky delivers a deliciously twisty YA thriller that’s Scream meets Karen McManus about a mysterious club with an obsession for horror.
AUTHOR BIO:Goldy Moldavsky was born in Lima, Peru, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where she lives with her family. She is the New York Times–bestselling author of Kill the Boy Band and No Good Deed. Some of her influences include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the esteemed works of John Irving, and the Mexican telenovelas she grew up watching with her mother.
I like to think my work is not my own, it is a product of everything that’s ever influenced me and everything I’ve ever loved. And while that list is quite extensive, there is plenty of room on it for telenovelas. Some people may be surprised to know that telenovelas (specifically of the Mexican variety) were a big influence on me. It might be hard to see the connection between novelas and the books I write, which skew toward dark comedy/thriller/mystery. But to me, it’s not so hard to explain.
When I set out to write THE MARY SHELLEY CLUB I had one mission in mind: make it as compulsively readable as possible. The story takes place in a juicy setting: an elite prep school in NYC. Our protagonist, Rachel Chavez, comes from meager means but finds herself in a gilded new world. She gets involved with a secret society of fellow students obsessed with horror. They play a high stakes games that starts off fun and harmless and ends up with a body count. The friendships come with backstabbings and the relationships come with betrayals. This is high drama stuff. This is a telenovela.
I like a quiet story as much as the next person (sometimes you want something cozy that feels like an oversized fuzzy sweater giving you a hug) and sometimes you wants something that feels like a big refreshing splash of water in your face. (Or, in the world of telenovelas, a splash of white wine from a long stem tumbler.) That’s what I wanted for THE MARY SHELLEY CLUB.
Telenovelas were a big part of my upbringing. They were the first TV shows I ever watched (if you think only of gallant men and fiercely coiffed women when you think of telenovelas, then you obviously haven’t heard of novelas infantiles—telenovelas for children.) The Spanish-language soaps were always on in my household, with both my mother and father being big fans. And when it was a particularly good series, with a dynamite episode (think, The Wedding! Or The One Where the Villain Finally Gets Taken Down!) it was appointment family viewing.
Telenovelas, unlike American soaps, don’t drag on for years. The characters live the dramatic highs and super low lows of decades of life all in the span of a few tight months. The form taught me a lot about pacing. It taught me about character development, about rooting for your protagonist, and most of all, it taught me how to write a good villain. All this came in handy when I sat down to draft THE MARY SHELLEY CLUB.
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