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Death in Her Hands A novel of haunting metaphysical suspense about an elderly widow whose life is upturned when she finds a cryptic note on a walk in the woods that ultimately makes her question everything about her new home While on her normal daily walk with her dog in the forest woods, our protagonist comes across a note, handwritten and carefully pinned to the ground with a frame of stones Her name was Magda Nobody will ever know who killed her It wasn t me Here is her dead body Our narrator is deeply shaken she has no idea what to make of this She is new to area, having moved her from her longtime home after the death of her husband, and she knows very few people And she s a little shaky even on best days Her brooding about this note quickly grows into a full blown obsession, and she begins to devote herself to exploring the possibilities of her conjectures about who this woman was and how she met her fate Her suppositions begin to find echoes in the real world, and with mounting excitement and dread, the fog of mystery starts to form into a concrete and menacing shape But as we follow her in her investigation, strange dissonances start to accrue, and our faith in her grip on reality weakens, until finally, just as she seems be facing some of the darkness in her own past with her late husband, we are forced to face the prospect that there is either a innocent explanation for all this or a much sinister one one that strikes closer to homeA triumphant blend of horror, suspense, and pitch black comedy, Death in Her Hands asks us to consider how the stories we tell ourselves both guide us closer to the truth and keep us at bay from it Once again, we are in the hands of a narrator whose unreliability is well earned, only this time the stakes have never been higher

10 thoughts on “Death in Her Hands

  1. says:

    I have to be honest here and admit that I just didn t get this book Ottessa Moshfegh is so insanely talented as a writer but this book was utterly pointless We have a 72 year old woman a widow that lives in almost complete solitude with her dog, Charlie, in a cabin on a lake While out walking she finds a noteHer name was Magda Nobody will ever know who kill

  2. says:

    Is there nothing this woman can t do Death in Her Hands, Ottessa Moshfegh s newest novel, takes the cozy mystery genre and stands it on its head Takes what Agatha Christie and her lot do so well, and goes six feet under that Deeply examining life, death, grief Regrets, resentment, anger All that uncomfortable stuff.The book opens with a cryptic note found in

  3. says:

    Ottessa Moshfegh has written a twisted, genre bending detective story Her protagonist Vesta Gul is a 72 year old widow who lives in a remote former girl scout camp with her dog Charlie But mind you, Vesta is no Miss Marple or Jessica Fletcher rather, it becomes very clear early on that there is something psychologically wrong with this lonely female narrator

  4. says:

    Death in Her Handsbegins intriguingly, when a woman finds a note in the woods Her name was Magda Nobody will ever know who killed her It wasn t me Here is her dead body.But there s no body, just the note, weighted down with little rocks Vesta the 72 year old widow who discovered it fancies herself a sleuth and becomes obsessed with Magda but her investigation

  5. says:

    Oh, the terrible wonders of the mind Death in Her Hands is a dark that she can survive in At length, she reflects on a life of unfulfil Oh, the terrible wonders of the mind Death in Her Hands is a dark layered novel that lulls the reader into the crumbling psyche of an incredibly lonely depressed protagonist, desperately trying to free her mind expunge the pain

  6. says:

    3.5 Initially, I thought Ottessa Moshfegh was toning down her usual style with what seems like a deliberately bland narrative voice Vesta is a widow in her seventies who s recently moved to a lakeside cabin in non specific small town America One morning, while taking her beloved dog Charlie for a walk, she finds a strange note on the ground It reads Her name was

  7. says:

    While the concept of this story sounded right up my alley, it left much to be desired because the entire novel that I sped through because it is gripping despite its lack of plot is simply Vesta s stream of consciousness as she ponders who Magda was, who killed her, what her past was like, etc From the moment Vesta finds this note, there is no actual progression

  8. says: by Ann Marie LeeI like Ottessa Moshfegh.born the same year 1981 as my older daughter The first book I read rather listened to , was Eileen shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize I couldn t pull away I thought I had never read anythinggut wrenching grim.but damn, if it wasn t fascinating in my entire life I became an instant fan..Given how success

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    It s a rather dark, damning way to begin a story the pronouncement of a mystery whose investigation is futile Nobody will ever know who killed her The story is over just as it s begun The note certainly didn t promise any happy ending So, what s with the synchronicities between this and Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead Both feature a reclusive old woman l

  10. says:

    Oy veyI read Eileen years ago and didn t like it, but then I picked up My Year of Rest and Relaxation last year and LOVED it So, I was wary but excited to receive Death in Her Hands as an ARC.I didn t enjoy it, at all It was one long stream of consciousness of an old and lonely lady making up stories and scenarios in her head The premise of the book was great, but i

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