A Novella Review – THIS IS WHERE WE TALK THINGS OUT by Caitlin Marceau

A gripping story about a mother and daughter reconnecting to hopefully improve their relationship with one another but things go wrong.

The premise and setup to this was great. I am a big fan of characters who are “off their rocker” and of weird scenes. It does have a similar vibe as Stephen King’s Misery and Mommie Dearest.

As someone who had a rough relationship with my own birth mother, this hit the nail on the head with why making boundaries and keeping them are so important 😅😅

I figured out the reveal pretty quickly but the bits I didn’t expect made this horror story creepy and fun.



This Is Where We Talk Things Out by Caitlin Marceau, author of Palimpsest: A Collection of Contemporary Horror, follows the gut-wrenching journey of Miller and her estranged mother, Sylvie, who have always had a tense relationship.

After Miller’s father dies, she agrees to a girls’ vacation away from the city to reconnect with the only family she has left. Although she’s eager to make things work, Miller can’t help but worry that her mother is seeing their countryside retreat as a fun weekend getaway instead of what it really is: a last-ditch effort to repair their relationship.

Unfortunately, that quickly becomes the least of Miller’s problems.

Sylvie’s trapped in the past and if Miller’s not careful, she will be too. A cross between Stephen King’s Misery and Stephanie Wrobel’s Darling Rose Gold, This Is Where We Talk Things Out explores the horror of familial trauma, mother-daughter relationships, and what happens when we don’t let go.

*CW: DM if you want to know.

Paperback 93 pages | KU

Author: Caitlin Marceau