Books by State: New Mexico

Cover of Robert Jackson Bennett's American Elsewhere
American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett

“Some places are too good to be true.

Under a pink moon, there is a perfect little town not found on any map: Wink, New Mexico.

In that town, there are quiet streets lined with pretty houses, houses that conceal the strangest things.

After a couple years of hard traveling, ex-cop Mona Bright inherits her long-dead mother’s home. And the closer Mona gets to her mother’s past, the more she understands that the people of Wink are very, very different . . .” — Summary from Amazon.

This story has it all: a badass female protagonist; a twilight-zone-like town in the desert not listed on the map; weird, secretive townies; an abandoned research facility; eerie deaths; hidden, otherworldly beings lording over the citizens. What more could you ask for?!

It gave me Stranger Things vibes, just without the Stephen King like trademark of a group of young protagonists. It’s very intriguing, mysterious, and fast-paced. There’s so many layers of secrets and danger, one lurking just beyond the previous, which Mona uncovers.

Mona went to Wink because she was left a house from her dead mother. She had no real home, having been traveling for years (or more accurately, trying to run away from her past). She thought she could possibly settle down, now that this house practically landed in her lap. Instead of a peaceful transition, she finds herself in a wormhole of her mother’s past. She is presented with another side of her mother which is hard for her to comprehend, but even more hard to accept are the seemingly supernatural phenomenon of the town that are thrust upon her and draws her in to all its insanity.

This is definitely a book I don’t want to reveal too much of ahead of time. All revelations and twist-and-turns should be experienced unspoiled. I highly recommend you take the plunge into this strange little town.

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