Fiction, Horror, Mystery/Thriller

Kayla reviews MIAO DAO

Rating: 5 out of 5.


A girl comes of age with a vengeance – and help from a friend – in a tale of unnerving suspense from National Book Award winner and literary master Joyce Carol Oates.

Bad things have been happening since Mia began to mature. Her dad left. Boys at school can’t keep their hands to themselves. A lecherous stepfather has moved in. Her only refuge is an abandoned lot on her suburban cul-de-sac, crawling with feral felines – one of which follows Mia home. Ghostly white and affectionate, she is Mia’s new companion and – as Mia’s tormenters will soon discover – her fierce protector.

My Take:

Joyce Carol Oates is a master of her craft, and this story is a shining example of that mastery.

Mia, the protagonist, is easily one of the most relatable characters for any female reader. What woman doesn’t remember the onset of puberty with some trepidation? She’s awkward, shy, and seemingly innocent, which is exactly what makes this story work.

I can’t say much without giving it all away, but believe me when I say it is worth the read.

Trigger warning: this story deals with the sexual harassment of a young girl. It’s done with great care, but if you think it will trigger you, avoid this one.


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