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Book Review: Such Sharp Teeth By Rachel Harrison

Such Sharp Teeth
By Rachel Harrison
October 4, 2022
Publisher: Berkeley
ISBN: 9780593545829
A young woman in need of a transformation finds herself in touch with the animal inside in this gripping, incisive novel from the author of Cackle and The Return.

Rory Morris isn’t thrilled to be moving back to her hometown, even if it is temporary. There are bad memories there. But her twin sister, Scarlett, is pregnant, estranged from the baby’s father, and needs support, so Rory returns to the place she thought she’d put in her rearview. After a night out at a bar where she runs into Ian, an old almost-flame, she hits a large animal with her car. And when she gets out to investigate, she’s attacked.

Rory survives, miraculously, but life begins to look and feel different. She’s unnaturally strong, with an aversion to silver—and suddenly the moon has her in its thrall. She’s changing into someone else—something else, maybe even a monster. But does that mean she’s putting those close to her in danger? Or is embracing the wildness inside of her the key to acceptance?

This darkly comedic love story is a brilliantly layered portrait of trauma, rage, and vulnerability.

Rory Morris had returned back to her hometown, taking a leave from a job in New York City she loves. Her twin, Scarlett, is pregnant and claimed the baby’s father had moved out, so she needs support. After running into Ian, who she had a crush on for years, she hits an animal while driving home. When she gets out to check what she thinks is a dog, maybe a deer, she is attacked by something that is neither and bitten, luckily surviving when the beast gets distracted. At the hospital, her wound heals. She then finds out she is strong,  has an aversion to silver, and is hooked to the moon. Rory soon realizes she is becoming something not human.

There is no doubt the author was inspired by Little Red Rising Hood and the movie Ginger Snaps. It's a tale that contains finding one’s self, love for family, finding true love that was always there, trauma, rage and vulnerability, and mixing those ingredients with a werewolf horror story.  The reader gets a new read perfect for the fall, a fairy tale for the 21st century that one can sink their teeth into.

I gave Such Sharp Teeth 4 ½ weresheep.

Reviewed by Pamela K. Kinney

About the Author:
Rachel Harrison is the author of the forthcoming novel CACKLE. Her debut, THE RETURN, was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. Her short fiction has appeared in Guernica, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, and as an Audible Original. She lives in Western New York with her husband and their cat/overlord.

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