The Most Unhinged Novel You’ll Read This Year, Guaranteed

A review of The Vixen Amber Halloway by Carol LaHines.

Katrīna Biele
Long. Sweet. Valuable.
3 min readFeb 19, 2024

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Cover photo via Goodreads

Let me tell you, you’re in for a treat — a treat for anyone who has ever been heartbroken, justifiably so, and raging.

Here’s a book so crazed, it will make your past endeavours pale in comparison — unless you have stalked an ex and their newfound mistress to the point of moving into their home.

No? I thought so.

Cover photo via Goodreads

The Vixen Amber Halloway by Carol LaHines

Set to be published in June 2024, The Vixen Amber Halloway shares a heart-wrenching account of one soon-to-be-ex-wife's psychological breakdown, looking for answers to surviving abandonment.

It is difficult to accept that feelings, inevitably, will change. That warm and tender sentiments, no matter how avidly professed, will one day fade into indifference.

Having discovered her husband’s infidelity, Ophelia descends into gradual madness by surveilling her husband’s comings and goings. The book reveals its gloriously unhinged essence when Ophelia does the unimaginable — and moves into an abandoned building next door to her husband’s mistress.

While she was nestling in the crook of your arm, I was sleeping in the pitch dark on a hard and cold floor, feeling cockroaches on the surface of my skin.

Utterly uncomfortable and, yes — unhinged, the book still offers valuable contemplation. Can a man ever be satisfied? Can a woman ever overcome the trauma of abandonment? Can the past live on without ruining the future?

Ophelia’s reflection on her life before falling victim to infidelity marks the central theme of the plot, with traditional stages of grief replaced by increasing obsession, forms of revenge, and murderous rage.

Photo by Kevin Lanceplaine on Unsplash

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Katrīna Biele
Long. Sweet. Valuable.

Partial to contemporary lit, the kind that goes against the grain.