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Such a Pretty Smile

(2022)
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"Brutal and shocking, lush and evocative. DeMeester is a highly-original voice in horror." - emily m. danforth, bestselling author of Plain Bad Heroines

A biting novel from an electrifying new voice, Kristi DeMeester's Such a Pretty Smile is a heart-stopping tour-de-force about powerful women, angry men, and all the ways in which girls fight against the forces that try to silence them.

There’s something out there that’s killing. Known only as The Cur, he leaves no traces, save for the torn bodies of girls, on the verge of becoming women, who are known as trouble-makers; those who refuse to conform, to know their place. Girls who don’t know when to shut up.

2019: Thirteen-year-old Lila Sawyer has secrets she can’t share with anyone. Not the school psychologist she’s seeing. Not her father, who has a new wife, and a new baby. And not her mother—the infamous Caroline Sawyer, a unique artist whose eerie sculptures, made from bent twigs and crimped leaves, have made her a local celebrity. But soon Lila feels haunted from within, terrorized by a delicious evil that shows her how to find her voice—until she is punished for using it.

2004: Caroline Sawyer hears dogs everywhere. Snarling, barking, teeth snapping that no one else seems to notice. At first, she blames the phantom sounds on her insomnia and her acute stress in caring for her ailing father. But then the delusions begin to take shape—both in her waking hours, and in the violent, visceral sculptures she creates while in a trance-like state. Her fiancé is convinced she needs help. Her new psychiatrist waives her “problem” away with pills. But Caroline’s past is a dark cellar, filled with repressed memories and a lurking horror that the men around her can’t understand.

As past demons become a present threat, both Caroline and Lila must chase the source of this unrelenting, oppressive power to its malignant core. Brilliantly paced, unsettling to the bone, and unapologetically fierce,
Such a Pretty Smile is a powerful allegory for what it can mean to be a woman, and an untamed rallying cry for anyone ever told to sit down, shut up, and smile pretty.

“A righteously angry fever dream.” - Paul Tremblay

"Darkly visceral." - Publishers Weekly

"Compulsive and horrifyingly entertaining." - Liz Nugent

“Darkly feminist.” - Karma Brown

“Razor-sharp. This one will cut you.” - Christopher Golden

"DeMeester’s storytelling is ferociously and unashamedly feminine...very satisfying." - Sadie Hartmann "Mother Horror," Mystery & Suspense Magazine



Genre: Horror

Praise for this book

"With expert pacing and captivating characters, Kristi DeMeester's SUCH A PRETTY SMILE is a gothic thriller that speaks to the strength of women. A darkly feminist and timely novel, I was spellbound until the final page." - Karma Brown

"I've never read anything quite like SUCH A PRETTY SMILE: at turns brutal and shocking, at turns lush and evocative, and deeply disquieting throughout. This novel unsettled me at nearly every turn of the page, and that feeling has stayed with me since I closed its cover days ago. Kristi DeMeester is a highly-original voice in horror and I can't wait to see what she writes next." - Emily M Danforth

"A mother and daughter fight for their lives and their sanity in Kristi DeMeester's SUCH A PRETTY SMILE, a quietly brutal feminist horror novel about what it means to be a 'good girl' in a world of men-and monsters. Thoughtful, creepy, and razor-sharp. This one will cut you." - Christopher Golden

"Wonderfully well written; the dread, the enigma, build with each scene. It's coming of age, it's family secrets, it's life in the balance, too. It's Thomas Harris, it's Lois Duncan... but no, it's Kristi DeMeester, in complete confident control of your experience. An outstanding story in outstanding hands." - Josh Malerman

"Kristi DeMeester is certainly an exciting new voice. Her exploration of toxic female friendships and her deep dive into the darkest parts of the human psyche made this a riveting, compulsive and horrifyingly entertaining read." - Liz Nugent

"Raw, beautiful, and absolutely haunting. Such a Pretty Smile captivates both with the shadows that lurk beneath, and an unwavering look at the wildness and horrors of girlhood." - Camilla Sten

"Kristi DeMeester's novel is a menacing, mysterious, and righteously angry fever dream, one that hooks into you from page one. SUCH A PRETTY SMILE is unafraid to bare its feminist fangs." - Paul Tremblay


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January 2022 : USA Hardback
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Title: Such a Pretty Smile: A Novel
Author(s): Kristi DeMeester
ISBN: 1-250-27421-4 / 978-1-250-27421-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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January 2023 : Paperback
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Title: Such a Pretty Smile
Author(s): Kristi DeMeester
ISBN: 1-80336-246-4 / 978-1-80336-246-5
Publisher: Titan Books
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January 2022 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Such a Pretty Smile: A Novel
Author(s): Kristi DeMeester
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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January 2022 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Such a Pretty Smile: A Novel
Author(s): Kristi DeMeester
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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January 2023 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: Such a Pretty Smile
Author(s): Kristi DeMeester
Publisher: Titan Books
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January 2022 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Such a Pretty Smile: A Novel
Author(s): Kristi DeMeester
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA