River Woman, River Demon
by Jennifer Givhan
October 19, 2022
Greenlit By: Jamie
October 19, 2022
This is the perfect October read. It has Stephen King vibes. There’s all kinds of cooky stuff like childhood ghosts, and I regret reading it in a new creepy house, alone. Jennifer is such a brilliant writer in the way she weaves a space. You can feel the humitry and temperature and it feels like you're there. I love it.
Eva Santos Moon is a burgeoning Chicana artist who practices the ancient, spiritual ways of brujería and curanderisma, but she’s at one of her lowest points—suffering from disorienting blackouts, creative stagnation, and a feeling of disconnect from her magickal roots. When her husband, a beloved university professor and the glue that holds their family together, is taken into custody for the shocking murder of their friend, Eva doesn’t know whom to trust—least of all, herself. She soon falls under suspicion as a potential suspect, and her past rises to the surface, dredging up the truth about an eerily similar death from her childhood.
Struggling with fragmented memories and self-doubt, an increasingly terrified Eva fears that she might have been involved in both murders. But why doesn’t she remember? Only the dead women know for sure, and they’re coming for her with a haunting vengeance. As she fights to keep her family out of danger, Eva realizes she must use her magick as a bruja to protect herself and her loved ones, while confronting her own dark history.
River Woman, River Demon is a mysterious incantation of reckoning with the past and claiming one’s unique power and voice.