Book Review: Petrified Women

05.14.2021 | Infinite Ray Publishing
Rating: 4.5/5 stars


Harley has the perfect boyfriend. She’s confident that Aiden’s a keeper. He’s a bit eccentric and his wood carving hobby is a little odd. His need for isolation while he carves his life-size female figurines is strange. And maybe his obsession with pranks, or “scares” on Harley goes a little too far. Harley justifies it by telling herself that Aiden’s an artist. Ignoring all of her best friend’s warnings, she has the ultimate surprise planned for Aiden’s birthday, one that is going to help her get even in their battle to out-prank each other. As she hides in his apartment, waiting to pull off the scare of a lifetime, she realizes that the Aiden who just walked in the door is nothing like the man she thinks she knows. Is this just one of his scares?

PETRIFIED WOMEN is a dark novella that takes an in-depth look into a night readers are sure never to forget. From the moment I picked this one up I could feel that something was off about Aiden, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. I mean what kind of person thrives out of extreme practical jokes and why is Harley okay with this behavior? Then the night of Aiden’s birthday starts to unravel and I just wanted to scream at Harley to run far, far away! Clocking in at under 100 pages, this novella is nothing short of a tense and suspenseful journey alongside Harley that will leave you at the edge of your seat. 

This story is pretty dark and not for the faint of heart. I highly recommend taking a look at the trigger warnings Jeremy has listed on the Goodreads page for this book and if you’re okay with them, check this novella out ASAP! I promise that the darkness is worth it for the great conclusion of this story!


A huge thank you to Jeremy Ray for my gifted copy!

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