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Publisher's Summary

Considering she had just attended her mother's funeral, Gloria Jaymes never expected to see the woman again, but then her dead mom shows up at her house. 

Gloria's mom is...different. She's younger than when she died, dressed in clothes from the 1980s. And nobody else in Gloria's family seems to recognize her. As Gloria tries to figure out the reason for her mother's reappearance and the odd behaviors the woman begins to exhibit, other bizarre events occur. The changes to Gloria's world are small and subtle, at first...then they become much more startling.

The freaky situation might just be connected to a mysterious shed in a small California town. The strangers who gather around the shed seem to know Gloria's name...and maybe they aren't strangers after all. With Gloria, Bentley Little presents one of his most complex and compelling novels - one that is certain to surprise listeners with every twist and turn.

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  • Señor Scary
  • 03-08-2021

Bentley Little’s Gloria Tackles Love & Loss

From the first sentence, Bentley Little’s perplexing new novel, Gloria, is instantly captivating, and lays out out a creepy, affecting tale of love, loss and grief from a perspective that only Little could muster. This is probably his most emotional, approachable, and fantastical novel to date – a true feat – and quite different in tone from his other work.

In his latest book, Gloria is hosting a reception after her mother’s funeral, when a much younger version of her mother shows up at the door. Gloria is relieved to see her but confused and then alarmed. Who is this person pretending to be her mother? The question becomes not who she is but rather what is she, and should she be trusted? No one else seems to recognize this woman, even her own sister, making Gloria consider that she’s lost her mind. It’s so unnerving, sad, and chilling to think of your loved ones, once cherished, as dangerous and part of a larger nefarious scheme. It’s downright diabolical.

The complex structure of the narrative will test many readers with a repetitive nature that presents one puzzling scenario after another. Then haphazardly jumps in space (and time?). Separated into six books, each new section deepens the mystery, tempting the reader to be extremely detail-oriented, but it’s best to just accept the proceedings at face value. What’s unmistakable is the indistinct dread mounting steadily in the background. What is going on? Is Gloria insane? Her journey of self-discovery leads to some bizarre and otherworldly places.

Gloria may not please long-time fans of Little’s hard, psychosexual, grotesque horror but I welcomed this softer direction. His books are usually plot heavy but he spent more time here developing Gloria’s inner thoughts, feelings and desires. He wrote a very compelling and likable heroine, and keeps us rooting for her, and I often even identified with her. I’m not sure that I can recall another book of his with such a strong female protagonist.

Ultimately, Little maintains his brand of strange, outlandish fiction, building nightmarish worlds and making them seem utterly plausible. It’s terrifying how he gets under my skin. Each book I read of his makes me momentarily question reality and the cosmos themselves. And then as usual, his abrupt and abstract ending delivers a satisfying finish, and I am glad to be done with this world. It such an unsettling, dark experience every time, and exactly what you want from a horror novel.

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  • Kimmay
  • 10-09-2021

Big fan of both Little & Pirhalla, but…

I’m not sure if I wasn’t paying as well attention as I should have or if the story just didn’t jive for me -probably a combination of the two. I love most of BL’s work. Unfortunately, Gloria was one of the very very few exceptions. Not a horrible story and maybe even worth a listen for some. JP’s performance was stellar as usual and that alone was enough to keep me listening to it. Had it been another narrater I may have stopped.

All in all, I certainly don’t regret purchasing the book, it simply didn’t keep me captivated as his others had.

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  • Carrie Ann Nolin
  • 31-08-2021

Very different

Bentley Little keeps getting better. this book was a little confusing but stick with it. it will all make sense. Very unique. I really liked it .

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  • tgarcia
  • 17-08-2021

I liked it!

Not sure why the couple immediate negative reviews I read. I liked this book. I for sure had no idea what was really going on for some time. A long tale for sure but as a whole I enjoyed it. Give it a try.

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  • Phyllis Harris
  • 12-08-2021

disappointed

waste of time, waiting on something to happen but never did. very disappointed in this. wish I could get refund.

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  • Karen Currie
  • 07-08-2021

I give this one an ok

I don’t know! It was interesting because you just had to find out the ending and find out just what the heck was going on! But you do get tired of Gloria! 🤷🏼‍♀️ just have to listen for yourself !

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  • mimib
  • 31-07-2021

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The story had me going in circles for a minute. I love this author so stuck with it. It did get better.

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  • Suzanne B
  • 10-09-2021

Could Have Been Better

So, I've been listening to quite a lot of Bentley Little's books and for the most part, I love them. He's got the ability to reel you in and get you hooked. And initially I liked this book, but I felt the repetition of things that were happening (I don't want to spoil it for anyone) was a bit too much and it became harder and harder for me to go along with. It could have been so much better. I just felt let down about midway through. I've really loved some of his other offerings, so maybe this one just wasn't for me.

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