***** Tragically Horrifying                                         Review by Rox Burkey

Admittedly, this is my first book with this accomplished and uncompromising storyteller. It will not be my last.

Author Vashti Quiroz-Vega introduces you to Emma, gains your sympathy for this misguided girl, then displays the layers of horror. She masterfully crafts this tale of blood, trauma, and unimaginable psychological cruelty at the hands of protectors.

Flirting with friendship, mutual support, and education, Emma’s life is exposed in this fast-paced fall into horror. Quiroz-Vega delivers a no-holds-barred approach to creating a terrifying set of characters to set the wheels in motion for Emma’s fate.

The first hint of foreshadowing is delivered early on the escalation to terror.

She claimed I was different and special. I didn’t want to be special––at least not my mother’s brand of special.

After she would tell me how different I was, I’d inevitably end up peering at myself in the mirror for hours, searching for this distinctiveness of which she spoke. I never did see anything out of the ordinary. The only thing I saw was an average girl. I even behaved like an ordinary girl, although my friends occasionally told me I was weird just for laughs. I didn’t think much of it; after all, everybody is peculiar in some way, right?

It was plenty bad to lose my father, but more cruelty was yet to come.  When I was eleven years old, our house caught on fire. I had nothing to do with it. I managed to escape the scorch of the flames, but my mother burnt to death in her bedroom. I survived the inferno…

This is a book that will haunt you long after you read the last page. The dark coming of age story will not let you put it down. If you are a fan of the gripping, edge of your seat, praying for salvation horror, then this story is for you.

About the Author

Vashti Quiroz-Vega is a writer of Fantasy, Horror, and Thriller. Since she was a kid, she’s always had a passion for writing and telling stories. It has always been easier for her to express her thoughts on paper.

She enjoys reading almost as much as she loves to write. Some of her favorite authors are Stephen King, Sarah J. Maas, Anne Rice, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Marc Cameron, and George R. R. Martin.

She enjoys making people feel an array of emotions with her writing. She likes her audience to laugh one moment, cry the next and clench their jaws after that.

When she isn’t building extraordinary worlds and fleshing out fascinating characters, she enjoys spending time with her husband JC and her Pomeranian Scribbles, who is also her writing buddy.


    2 replies to "Memoir of a Mad Woman"

    • Jan Sikes

      This is one of the most chilling books I’ve ever read. I actually had sympathy for Emma. It brought out a mixture of emotions in me. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it, Rox!

      • RoxBurkey

        Thanks Jan for relating your thoughts. I was amazed at the vivid writing, but it scared me crazy. So sad that it could exist.

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