The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home

A Welcome to Night Vale Novel
Narrated by: Mara Wilson
Series: Welcome to Night Vale, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
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From the New York Times best-selling 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 19th 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 19th 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 percent about a faceless old woman who secretly lives in your home.

©2020 Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (P)2020 HarperAudio

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She’s the real deal!

She’s a badass who ended up in nightvale narrated by the real character from the podcast!

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So awesome

I loved this book plus Mara Wilson has a wonderful voice for the faceless old women who secretly lives in your home. I feel much closer to the character now and understand her more. I recommend this to everyone who is a fan of welcome to night vale.

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The best book I have ever consumed

I will preface this by saying i am only five and a half hours in. It is absolutely abysmal, heart-wrenching and terrifying, and has reduced me to a sobbing mess more than once in the five straight hours i have spent listening to it. It is currently 1:35 am, and I did not realize it was so late because i was so sucked into the captivating, adventurous, heartbreaking story, cutting humor, and spectacular performance that The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home provides. I have been a fan of Joseph and Jeffry since the early days of WTNV and have eagerly consumed every podcast and book that they have created for years, but this is frankly their best work yet, and I will absolutely be listening to this over and over for years to come.

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Fun, but dark...so very dark

A great story. One of the darkest comedy horror stories you'll ever read or hear.

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The best one yet

It’s been a while since Nightvale managed to fill me with a sense of horror. This was a wonderful adventure that brought creepy Nightvale back. My favorite part was when the horror of the situation slowly dawned on me. I forget how terrifying a faceless old woman living in your home is until she starts getting serious.

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Mara Wilson is Awesome!

I absolutely loved the more linear narrative and the narration was done by one of my favorite humans on Earth. The Faceless old woman is one of my favorite characters from the show and just in time for the shelter in place order from the state, 9+ hours of awesomeness appears in audible. if I was religious, I'd call it a friggin miracle.