Black Sheep” by Rachel Harrison

Review by Yvonne Selander, collection development librarian

Vesper Wright left home as soon as she came of age and never looked back … until now. A wedding invitation shows up on her doorstep – how, she has no idea since she has never reached out to anyone in her teeny tiny hometown in rural New Jersey since she left. When she reads that her childhood best friend and first love are the ones getting married she feels she has to return to finally close the book on that part of her life. Sure, she’s nervous to return, but she escaped the cult once, she can do it again, right?

I refuse to tell you anything else about the religious cult Vesper grew up in, you’ll need to find that out for yourself. What I can tell you is that where you come from and who your people are, and the fact that they will always be a part of you whether you like it or not, is a huge part of this novel. Vesper thinks she’s over her childhood but it’s definitely not over her.

Brings the spooky season vibes and then some – for those who like their dysfunctional family drama with a twist of the dark side.