Review | Death in Her Hands

Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh


Death in Her Hands is my first Moshfegh novel and it did not disappoint!

“It would be a very strange thing to see, some old woman in her dusty coat grasping Death in her hands and whistling into the forest.”

72-year-old Vesta is walking through the woods with her dog when she finds a very matter-of-fact note on the ground:

“Her name was Magda. Nobody will ever know who killed her. It wasn’t me. Here is her dead body.”

Yet there is no body to be discovered in the forest.  The lonely widow wanders home, thinking of the note she found.  Who was Magda?  Who is the anonymous note writer?  Vesta’s imagination runs wild as she decides to write down her interpretation of the lives of these two people unknown to her and hopefully make contact with the writer to solve the mystery.

This is a book you could read in one sitting!  The tension is high, Vesta’s loneliness and isolation are almost palpable, and her imagination leads to some dark places as readers discover her past and watch the mystery consume her.

Death in Her Hands is a brilliant psychological thriller that readers will certainly be divided on due to an ending that is open to interpretation.

Thanks to Edelweiss and Penguin Press for providing me with a DRC in exchange for my honest review.  Death in Her Hands is scheduled for release on April 21, 2020.

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