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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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God if I could give zero stars on the story...

The narrator is a delight.

There ends the good things I can say about this book. If I had been reading a physical copy of this I wouldn't be leaving a review because I would never have finished it. All of the "twists" are predictable and boring. This is a story of a crappy person who makes crappy life decisions and ends up a crappy not ghost fueled by misplaced and idiotic revenge. I read a lot of reviews about it having a strong female lead but really the strong adjective is untrue, the only thing keeping this from being a truly lame book is the minimal uniqueness of her being female and not a generic male lead. I'm a big fan of the authors but this lacked all the usual uniqueness and the characters were trapped by the mundane normalcy of the regular world. This felt like a 90s movie attempt at "horror" and reminded me of the quality of the movie Stay Alive. It was a waste of time but not even in the fun way bad things can be. Bad. This was an offensively bad book. Honestly I feel like I need a break from all their works for a while after this, 2020 really seeped into this one. ugh.

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Disappointing

I like Welcome to Nightvale because it's spooky and funny. This book is neither of those things. There is too much meandering backstory and very little connection to Nightvale.

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Disappointing

I love Welcome to Night Vale as well as the Night Vale novel and it devours, but this didn’t love up to my expectations. It is marketed towards WTNV listeners, which I am, but is not remotely Night Vale-esqe. It’s a great adventure story about pirates that I would love to read normally, but to market it as about the faceless old woman automatically sets the listener/reader up for disappointment. With the philosophy but not the imagination or imagery of Night Vale, this book should have been clearly defined as not for listeners of the podcast. My advice to potential buyers: if you’re here for that feeling and beautiful imagery that Night Vale gives you, don’t buy this. It trades relatable yet ethereal and otherworldly to fantastical and cheap.

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Meandering mess

At times this story is interesting and at times there is clever wordplay. But this doesn't overcome the fact that it's mostly a meandering mess. It spends most of the time as a Count of Monte Cristo knock off (complete with Napoleonic time frame and certain names). Yet somehow that 50+ hour book is more focused than this 9 hour one. Then there's this other modern element which doesn't really fit in, despite spending the final 20% of the book trying to do just that.

Also: if you think this has anything at all to do with Welcome to Night Vale, just run. Tenuous doesn't begin to describe just how loosely this novel connects with that world, despite the evocative name.

It's not that "The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home" is bad. It's just failed to keep my attention for most of its short runtime. Stellar narration though.

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Weak compared to the other Nightvale books

I love the other two Nightvale books, so I was really excited about this book. There are moments of greatness, but the majority of the book is not odd or quirky but a straightforward revenge tale. I'm disappointed, and I hope the next Nightvale books return to what makes them favorites of mine.

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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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just incredible

All the Night Vale books are great but I think this is my favorite one this far. It answers plenty of questions and leaves you wanting to re listen to the whole podcast!

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exceptional

Like any other nightvale production, this story is exceptional in its elements, storyline, progression.. everything really!
Mara's voice is so perfect for this because you wouldn't want to hear anybody else being the faceless old woman.
highly recommend this book for anyone who like the weird, the adventure, the mystery, and the suspense!

Thank you nightvale team for the wonderful read!

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nearly perfect

i love welcome to nightvale so much! this book was great, it was just a little predictable at times, but still a worthwhile experience. 10/10 recommend.

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Not as interesting as i hoped

The titular character from welcome to nightvale has always been an enjoyable mystery but this novel which finally gives us some answers i feel lets us down. the origin story is a rather bland bog standard revenge story told in a too passive a voice. which also i feel lets the character down. the story probably would have benefited from 3rd person narration. while not bad it isn't what you might hope.

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