Thank you so much to Creature Publishing & the wonderful Erin for sending a copy of Three Days in the Pink Tower my way!
Content Warnings: Three Days in the Pink Tower centers around Josey, a teenage girl who is kidnapped by gunpoint and raped. Three Days in the Pink Tower does get graphic & will make readers uncomfortable. This story is E.V. Knight reclaiming the narrative of her own past in an exploration of trauma, agency, and survival.
Josey Claypool begins the summer before her senior year at a carnival, where a fortune teller with milky-white eyes gives her a foreboding tarot reading. She’s spooked, but nothing could prepare her for the following day when two strange men show up at her front door.
Josey is kidnapped at gunpoint and brought to a pink cabin in the woods where she is held prisoner. In her darkest moment, the fortune teller appears and gives her a deck of tarot cards, which she must cast and interpret in a fight for her life.
In this work of speculative autofiction, award-winning author EV Knight reclaims the narrative of her own past in an exploration of trauma, agency, and survival.
To be real with you, Three Days in the Pink Tower is not an easy book to recommend. Did I enjoy my time with this one? Absolutely not. However, this book is wow. Absolutely well-done, extremely devastating & a very unique take on the revenge sub-genre.
Three Days in the Pink Tower is a book that is sure to stick with me; from the dialogue of the unhinged villains and the uncomfortable scenes to the play on tarot cards and the internal dialogue of Josey. Also, the ending that I can’t describe due to spoilers, wow. This novella is brilliantly done & will tear you apart.
Admittedly, it’s hard to find the right words to use for this review. E.V. Knight shares her story in Three Days in the Pink Tower & uses this to take back her life. The level of emotion I felt while reading this was strong; it’s not very often that a book forces me to take breaks. Especially one that is less than 200 pages.
I don’t think Three Days in the Pink Tower is a book everyone should read. Please, please prepare yourself before going into this one & please, keep in mind the trigger-y content and step away if it’s something you’re unsure you can handle. It’s very important to stay safe! ♥ If you are able to handle this heavy subject matter, this is a book I definitely recommend reading.