Trauma and Narrative Voice in Camilla Bruce’s You Let Me In

Release Date: April 21, 2020
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Thriller


“After all, the notorious recluse and eccentric bestselling novelist has always been prone to flights of fancy–everyone in town remembers the shocking events leading up to Cassie’s infamous trial (she may have been acquitted, but the insanity defense only stretches so far).

Cassandra Tipp has left behind no body–just her massive fortune, and one final manuscript.

Then again, there are enough bodies in her past–her husband Tommy Tipp, whose mysterious disembowelment has never been solved, and a few years later, the shocking murder-suicide of her father and brother.

Cassandra Tipp will tell you a story–but it will come with a terrible price. What really happened, out there in the woods–and who has Cassie been protecting all along? Read on, if you dare…”


My Thoughts

youletmein-coverFor some readers, You Let Me In will be an intense thrill ride, an addictive, frightening horror tale of manipulation and vengeance. They will be enchanted by Camilla Bruce’s writing style and goggle at the intriguing characters. The story will grip them in its talons and make them unable and unwilling to put it down. Bruce’s take on faeries is fascinating and unsettling. They aren’t cute little pixies or tall and ethereal but creatures made of death and blood and destruction. The ways in which they influence the world around Cassandra are as horrifying as they are provocative…

To read the rest of my review, head over to


Thanks to the publisher for sending me a review copy.

2 thoughts on “Trauma and Narrative Voice in Camilla Bruce’s You Let Me In

  1. I loved this book, but you’re absolutely right about trigger warnings being necessary. Also, I want to mention that I think the US cover is misleading, it makes the book LOOK like a thriller, which you’re right, it isn’t. The UK cover does a much better job, IMO.


    1. Regardless of the cover image, the book is explicitly marketed as a thriller. Even the cover description makes it clear that it is a thriller with fantastic elements. Yet the contents wholly contradict the marketing.


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