Delicate Condition by Danielle Valentine
A Gripping and Empowering Horror Experience
I couldn’t resist requesting “Delicate Condition” on Netgalley after hearing it would be a central theme for American Horror Story – my fascination with all things gore drew me in. The added reference to it being compared to The Silent Patient sealed the deal. To my genuine surprise, I was selected, and what followed was an intense two-day read that could easily be devoured in one sitting. This book evoked such raw and visceral feelings, simultaneously frightening and compelling with its beautiful prose. Anna’s grief and paranoia became my own, making me feel as though I was descending into madness alongside her. The book also exposed the infuriating history of downplaying women’s physical and mental health as mere hysteria, a fact highlighted even more in the author’s poignant note at the end. Skipping it would be a mistake; it will truly touch your heart.
One aspect I loved was the withholding of real explanations until the end. The different female perspectives interspersed with Anna’s lightly touched on the plot, leaving me constantly wondering and piecing things together. I almost passed on this book but learning that it inspired AHS season 12 changed my mind, and I’m so grateful for that discovery. This book is unputdownable, and I highly recommend it to all readers.
I want to extend my sincere gratitude to the author, SOURCEBOOKS Landmark, and NetGalley for providing me with digital access in exchange for this honest review. If you’re interested in experiencing “Delicate Condition” by Danielle Valentine, you can find a copy by clicking the link below.