Cauchemar by Alexandra GrigorescuCauchemar by Alexandra Grigorescu


byAlexandra Grigorescu

Paperback | March 1, 2015

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An eerie and romantic Southern gothic drama

Gripping, fast-paced, gorgeously written, and with unforgettable characters, Cauchemar tells the story of 20-year-old Hannah, who finds herself living alone on the edge of a Louisianan swamp after her adopted mother and protector dies. Hannah falls in love with Callum, an easy-going boat captain and part-time musician, but after her mysterious birth mother, outcast as a witch and rumoured to commune with the dead, comes back into Hannah's life, she must confront what she's been hiding from - the deadly spirits that haunt the swamp, the dark secrets of her past, and the nascent gift she possesses.

Like the nightmares that plague Hannah, Cauchemar lingers and haunts.

Alexandra Grigorescu has a Master's degree in creative writing from the University of Toronto, where she attended writing workshops led by George Elliott Clark and Jeff Parker and wrote her thesis under the guidance of Camilla Gibb. She works as a freelance writer and lives in Toronto, Ontario. This is her debut novel.
Title:CauchemarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:316 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:March 1, 2015Publisher:ECW PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1770412344

ISBN - 13:9781770412347


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty awesome! This is a pretty stellar debut. A Southern Gothic, set in the Louisiana bayou, Cauchemar will make your skin crawl and your jaw drop in shock. It's truly haunting, and after flipping that last page, you sure look at dark corners a bit longer.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy Gothic Tale This is a pretty stellar debut novel. A gothic ghost story set in the Louisiana bayou, it makes your skin crawl at certain points. A very quick read, but after finishing it, you cannot help but look a little more closely at those dark corners.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a star! What a fantastic read--a creepy, gripping, slow burn that plays around with your head (and heart!) Cauchemar is a perfect modern Gothic and a word of warning to anyone unfamiliar with the genre: sometimes, not everything is going to be explained. Sometimes, with Gothic lit, not everything HAS to be explained. You sort of have to take it as it is in its own beauty, and that's Cauchemar. The story does resolve itself nicely but to any newcomers to the genre, you may ask yourself more than once: what just happened? Not to worry---just roll with it. The story follows Hannah, a young girl who has recently lost her adoptive mother to mysterious circumstances. Her real mother is somewhat of a voodoo (for lack of a better term) speaking-with-the-dead outcast, and strange things are happening to Hannah, as well, that threaten not just herself but her relationship and the health of her boyfriend, Callum. The book takes you on a journey following Hannah's attempts at reconciliation with her estranged mother and saving her relationship with Callum, as well as trying to figure out the things she is seeing and feeling that she never did before. That's a nutshell, without giving too much away (and who wants to spoil a good Gothic novel, after all? Certainly not I.) This will have you whipping through the pages and looking over your shoulder a few times, the swampy Louisianan setting as creepy a character as the humans and spirits, too. Absolute recommendation!
Date published: 2015-07-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but in an odd way..3 stars in a half actually. The book is quite a quick read. Took me 2 days to finish it; and i'm not quite certain how to describe it. It's good, but not awesome. You want to know what happens and where it's all leading to, but you're not quite certain where the author is going with it all. It did keep me wanting more and turning each page out of curiousity, which is a good thing.
Date published: 2015-06-29

Editorial Reviews

"An intense debut bolstered by a powerful sense of place." - Globe & Mail"Grigorescu grabs readers with a sense of foreboding at the start and builds intense tension as she leads them into a haunting place where the lines between dream and reality, living and dead, blur and hypnotize." -"Grigorescu applies just the right tonal touch to her macabre subject matter . . . The book is full of riveting prose about complex, fallible characters. I rushed through the final chapter impatient to see how it would all end - and the ambiguous final plot twist cries out for a sequel." - Quill & Quire"From the very beginning, Alexandra Grigorescu's debut novel Cauchemar pulls the reader into the haunting desperation of the southern gothic . . . What makes Cauchemar so effective - so ominous and creepy - lies in Grigorescu's skill in setting a scene. There's a convincing aura of melancholy and malevolence haunting Hannah's world." - Broken Pencil"There are books to curl up with on lazy summer afternoons: guilty pleasures and romantic page-turners. Cauchemar by Canadian writer Alexandra Grigorescu is such a book; a stolen moment of pure fantasy, elevated by the author's mesmerizing brand of descriptive, evocative language . . .Cauchemar easily surpasses its rivals of Twilight and True Blood, due to the poetic quality of Grigorescu's writing." - Scene Magazine"Grigorescu is a literary sorceress - who has possibly hung out with the Louisiana witches, because she evoked them something strong in this book." - Bella's Bookshelves"It is well-written with just the right amount of suspense to keep the reader guessing what will happen to the characters until the very last page." - The Book Binder's Daughter"A bayou setting, a dash of supernatural intrigue, and enough music and cookery to fill anyone's plate . . . Goes well with fresh-caught fish, gumbo, and sweet tea." - Bibliotica"As quickly as Alexandra Grigorescu evokes the robust spices in deep south cooking, she sends shivers up your spine at the mention of something white and scaly sneaking through Hannah's dreams . . . and into her reality." - Editorial Eyes"Alexandra Grigorescu's debut is a straight-up old-school Southern Gothic. True Blood wishes it was this good." - Jeff Parker, author of Where Bears Roam the Streets"Alexandra Grigorescu works pure magic with the line, pulling proverbial rabbits from alligator hats and performing mind-bending enchantments upon every page. Like many of the spellbinding characters of Cauchemar, Grigorescu possesses a preternatural talent." - Spencer Gordon, author of Cosmo"The tone was perfect for a gothic novel and I think I'll be delving into the genre some more." - Lavender Lines"A paradox of horror and beauty . . . The author is also very talented in teasing the eyes, the tongue and the mind with words, describing both a beautiful and a haunting world that not many know exist." - Svetlana's Reads"Moody, spicy, sexy, vivid, and creepy-as-hell." - The Book Stylist"A dark, gripping debut from a very talented writer!" - Booking It with Hayley G