The Female of the Species: Tales of Mystery and Suspense
A young wife is home alone when the phone rings in “So Help Me God.” Is the strange voice flirting with her from the other end of the line her jealous husband laying a trap, or a stranger who knows entirely too much about her? In “Madison at Guignol” an unhappy fashionista discovers a secret door inside her favorite clothing store and insists the staff let her enter. But even her fevered imagination cannot anticipate the horror they have been hiding from her. In these and other gripping and disturbing tales, women are confronted by the evil around them and surprised by the evil they find within themselves.
With wicked insight, Joyce Carol Oates demonstrates why the females of the species—be they six-year-old girls, seemingly devoted wives, or aging mothers—are by nature more deadly than the males.
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Review: The Female of the SpeciesUser Review - Peter Herrmann - Goodreads
Brilliant. Intriguing. These stories are well crafted and make you want to turn the page. JCO can get into the psychology of many different kinds of personalities. Some of the stories are creepy ... Read full review
Review: The Female of the SpeciesUser Review - Gaby - Goodreads
This was one of the first books I've read of Joyce Carol Oates. I have to say that I was both captivated and haunted by her complex, dynamic female characters that populate her short stories. If you like psychological horror-esque books, then I would defiantly recommend reading this. Read full review