Moving forward and back in time, the stories of three women (Rosalie, her daughter Marcy, and the curious stranger Jehanne) weave together to create a tale of loss, loneliness, and survival. Emily Deibler's Dove Keeper is an imaginative work of gothic horror, laced with eerily beautiful descriptors and haunting imagery.
Being an avid reader, I can usually predict twists in stories or TV shows, but Dove Keeper was a true page-turner. Deibler is unafraid to dip her pen into the grotesque and sadistic, and deftly managed to incorporate both into Dove Keeper without shortchanging her story or her style. The characters are humanly flawed; the historical details are carefully chosen to frame the world they live in. Every detail is thoughtfully incorporated.
For fans of classic or supernatural horror, the grotesque, gothic, Poe, Lovecraft, and others in that vein, I cannot recommend Deibler's work enough. With a debut novel like this, she is absolutely one to watch.