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“The sort of book that makes you want to invest in silver bullets before meeting the author.” –Neil GaimanSHE KNOWS WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE.Manhattan veterinarian Abra Barrow has more sense about animals than shehas about men. So when her adored journalist husband returns from aresearch trip to Romania and starts pacing their apartment like a cagedwolf, Abra agrees to move with him to a rural mansion upstate in order to save her marriage.But while there are perks to her new life, particularly in the bedroom,Abra soon discovers that nothing in the bucolic town of Northside iswhat it seems. The local tavern serves a dangerous, predatoryunderworld. Her husband has developed feral new appetites and a rovingeye, and his lack of humanity isn’t entirely emotional. As the moon waxes full, Abra must choose between trusting the man she married, taking a chance on a seductive stranger, or following her own animal instincts.
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    I'd like to start by saying I think this book was marketed incorrectly. It is *not* paranormal romance, and people looking for fluffy fiction will probably hate it, as evidenced by some of the other reviewers opinions.

    Alisa Sheckley previously worked on the Vertigo imprint of DC comics, and this novel would fit well into that world. "The Better to Hold You" is a dark, slightly painful look at a woman's transformation into something else...and her realization that the man she thought she loved might never have existed.

    I would recommend this to lovers of dark fantasy and psychological horror.more
    Abra plays peek a boo with the only possible explanation of whats happening to her life/marriage,and feels sad; over and over again.The writing style is decent and I enjoyed some of the world building aspects. But the dialogue is inconsistent; shifting between engaging conversations, rushed comic book bad guy overshares, and a healthy dose wtf. The scenes of intimacy were sexy, yet each had a off putting spot that knocked me out of the zone, and left me shaking my head. Add to that a few annoying repetitive themes, we get it already: Abra is nun like, Abra is downtrodden, Abra has no self esteem. And the ending is weak, in preparation I'm sure, for a sequel I wont be reading.more
    The lead character, Abra, has an emotionally abusive husband, an aloof boss, unlikeable colleagues, and a self-centered mother. She spends about 2/3 of the book attempting to please these folks which means nothing much really happens. Toward the end, some action finally breaks up the monotony but a couple of storylines are left unfinished.more
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    I'd like to start by saying I think this book was marketed incorrectly. It is *not* paranormal romance, and people looking for fluffy fiction will probably hate it, as evidenced by some of the other reviewers opinions.

    Alisa Sheckley previously worked on the Vertigo imprint of DC comics, and this novel would fit well into that world. "The Better to Hold You" is a dark, slightly painful look at a woman's transformation into something else...and her realization that the man she thought she loved might never have existed.

    I would recommend this to lovers of dark fantasy and psychological horror.more
    Abra plays peek a boo with the only possible explanation of whats happening to her life/marriage,and feels sad; over and over again.The writing style is decent and I enjoyed some of the world building aspects. But the dialogue is inconsistent; shifting between engaging conversations, rushed comic book bad guy overshares, and a healthy dose wtf. The scenes of intimacy were sexy, yet each had a off putting spot that knocked me out of the zone, and left me shaking my head. Add to that a few annoying repetitive themes, we get it already: Abra is nun like, Abra is downtrodden, Abra has no self esteem. And the ending is weak, in preparation I'm sure, for a sequel I wont be reading.more
    The lead character, Abra, has an emotionally abusive husband, an aloof boss, unlikeable colleagues, and a self-centered mother. She spends about 2/3 of the book attempting to please these folks which means nothing much really happens. Toward the end, some action finally breaks up the monotony but a couple of storylines are left unfinished.more
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