Don't Eat the Pie

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Pub Date Oct 29 2024 | Archive Date Jun 28 2024

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In DON'T EAT THE PIE, readers are transported to the hauntingly picturesque Camillia Island, where gothic horror meets family drama, unraveling the sinister secrets behind a mother and daughter's summer that promises to be as unsettling as it is compelling for fans of Shirley Jackson and Daphne du Maurier.

Newlywed Sam has always wanted to be a part of a normal happy family.

When her mother-in-law falls ill, Sam dutifully moves her family to Edenic Camillia Island to care for her. The island residents, namely the older women, welcome Sam and her daughter Emma with open arms, endless cocktails, and plenty of superstition.

It seems perfect until it’s not. The house next to her mother-in-law’s is creepy—not only that, it’s where Ben’s first wife died.

Sam’s teen daughter Emma isn’t interested in spending the summer in Camilia. It gets even worse when Emma starts to see things—knowing that there are ghosts trying to warn her of something, but what?

Despite Emma’s pleas, Sam doesn’t want to rock the boat with her new family. Emma won’t pretend nothing is happening, especially as the messages become more grim and frequent. What secrets are buried on Camilia Island? And why are all the residents keen on keeping them quiet?

Content Warnings: abuse/domestic violence, suicide, unauthorized medical procedures, pregnancy complications, car accident
In DON'T EAT THE PIE, readers are transported to the hauntingly picturesque Camillia Island, where gothic horror meets family drama, unraveling the sinister secrets behind a mother and daughter's...

A Note From the Publisher

Please note the Content Warnings: Brief mentions of spousal abuse/domestic violence, suicide, unauthorized medical procedures, pregnancy complications, car accident

Please note the Content Warnings: Brief mentions of spousal abuse/domestic violence, suicide, unauthorized medical procedures, pregnancy complications, car accident


Advance Praise

"Don’t Eat the Pie is a dark rollercoaster whose twists and turns will leave you breathless, not letting up until the very last page. Asher creates the perfect balance of family drama, occult intrigue, and unrelenting tension in this horror/thriller that is sure to haunt you long after you finish reading. I’m not easily surprised, but this novel had me gasping aloud, as well as squealing with joy, at the delicious twists multiple times. Beside the thrills, Asher’s depiction of the central relationship between mother and daughter pulled at my heartstrings. I know I’ll be gifting this book to all the readers in my life." —Emma E. Murray, author of Crushing Snails

"Don’t Eat the Pie is gothic horror at its most deliciously twisted. It’s weird and wild and so deeply unnerving that I couldn’t help but devour it and keep going back for more." –Megan Collins, author of The Family Plot

“Asher’s Don’t Eat the Pie is the unholy offspring of Suspiria and Gilmore Girls, a wickedly entertaining supernatural tale with an unforgettable mother-daughter combo at its heart.” — Patrick Barb, author of Pre-Approved for Haunting and Other Stories

"Don't Eat the Pie
is an extremely assured debut about the destructive power of family ties, false community and the prison that familial duty can build around us, presented in a narrative riddled with sinister secrets, morbid visions, odd neighbours, shifty behaviour and, of course...pie. I loved it." — Gemma Amor author of The Folly 

"Don’t Eat the Pie is a dark rollercoaster whose twists and turns will leave you breathless, not letting up until the very last page. Asher creates the perfect balance of family drama, occult...


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I really enjoyed the Gothic horror element to this book, it had a strong feel and I was hooked from the first page. The characters were what I was looking for and enjoyed the overall feel of the story. I was intrigued from the cover and so glad I was able to read this. Monique Asher does a great job writing this and leaving me wanting more.

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This was a WILD ride!! Very quickly, we can see things just aren’t adding up and are too good to be true. I loved the dual POV between mother and daughter, as they really balanced each other out. Monique had a unique way of pushing the plot along with the help of Emma, who was questioning everything and was unafraid to dive in to the mystery. I really liked how she handled the duality of the characters and what drove them. It was a dynamic that l’ve never experienced and it really made this gothic horror plot line feel fresh and well done.

There were many twists and turns that had me confused and shocked. I was HOOKED and had to find out all the secrets and what was really going on! I thought the ending was well done and really exciting. That said, I wish we had just a bit more information and maybe an epilogue to see how things turned out a bit further into the future.
Basically, I loved it so much and I wanted more. The tension was incredible!

This was insanely well done for a gothic horror debut novel and it kept me captivated.

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I had so many things to do today, like packing for a trip. Instead, I opened this book and burritoed on the couch for six hours until I finished.

So, here we are 🤷🏻‍♀️

Was it a bit predictable? Yeah. I'm not even mad about it because there are enough twists and turns to make it feel fresh. It's basically like a Rosemary's Baby retelling with extra helpings of gaslighting and coated with generational trauma.

Emma, Sam, and Becca end up in a coastal Carolina town to care for Ben's mom—who seems to recover pretty damn quick—and then I guess they just decide to chill on this retirement island and party like it's 1699. There's some pie, a demon orgy, a secret garden, a sapphic road trip, a Narnia wardrobe, and, oh yeah, Ben's dead ex-wife. All adds up to a super fun and fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat horror read.

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This is a gothic horror story that reminds me of Rosemary's Baby with the creepy happenings, strange people, and a woman becoming pregnant after a "party" gets bizarre.

It's set on an island that appears idyllic at first. Colorful flowers everywhere, friendly people, and beautiful homes. But it's almost TOO perfect for our protagonist and her family. She's getting married to a great guy and they're going to live on the island with his mother. Right next door is his former home. A home he abandoned when his last wife died.

Yeah, things start getting freaky almost right away. There are shadows seen in the windows. People start behaving oddly. And nobody is willing to answer questions about the island and residents. This place has some very dark dreadful secrets but they get pushed aside as superstition.

Samantha already has a teen daughter and she doesn't want to have any more children. Their past is filled with trauma as well. But after a strange pie party one night, she finds herself pregnant.

And things are going to go off the rails from here. This is a very atmospheric creepy novel and it will have you looking over your shoulder! I highly recommend it.

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Sam and second husband Ben are so in love, she will happily move with him and her daughter Emma to his childhood home in Camilia Island when his mother becomes ill.

The atmosphere is tense from the beginning, and Emma doesn't pretend everything is normal as Sam does - there is something very wrong here, with strange things appearing, people being secretive, and also, you know, living next door to where Ben's first wife died.

Sam is torn between Ben and Emma - does she give up on the man she loves and the "normal" life she's always wanted, or does she ignore her daughter's pleas to believe her when she shares what is happening in Camilia. But Sam doesn't have long to make a decision - the island, and the people in it, are coming for her.

Sam's wavering was frustrating but Monique Asher makes a compelling case for her reasons, Emma is a wonderful, brave character, determined not to fade into the horrors of the island. The tension is present from beginning to end, and this gothic horror book was a rollercoaster I was happy to ride.

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Oooh! This was a ride! Sam and her new husband and daughter Emma move to an island after Sam's husband's mother gets ill. Weird things start happening right away and I was here for it! Emma is not going along with her mother's explanations at all. The ghosts are trying to warn them about something, but they aren't sure what. I absolutely devoured this book and would absolutely recommend it to anyone who loves the paranormal.

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This gothic horror novel taps into the vien if Suspiria and like Rose Red movies. It is a fresh take on a haunted house and a toxic relationship between family members. It had a great POVs describing what was happening from personal mindsets. What seems like a beauitful and just fantastic area slowly turns to rott and isolation.

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