The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home

A Welcome to Night Vale Novel , #3

Hardcover, 384 pages

English language

Published March 20, 2020 by Harper Perennial.

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In the town of Night Vale, there’s a faceless old woman who secretly lives in everyone’s home, but no one knows how she got there or where she came from...until now. Told in a series of eerie flashbacks, the story of The Faceless Old Woman goes back centuries to reveal an initially blissful and then tragic childhood on a Mediterranean Estate in the early nineteenth century, her rise in the criminal underworld of Europe, a nautical adventure with a mysterious organization of smugglers, her plot for revenge on the ones who betrayed her, and ultimately her death and its aftermath, as her spirit travels the world for decades until settling in modern-day Night Vale.

Interspersed throughout is a present-day story in Night Vale, as The Faceless Old Woman guides, haunts, and sabotages a man named Craig. In the end, her current day dealings with Craig and her swashbuckling history in …

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A Surprising Expansion of a Character

4 stars

I've enjoyed when The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home was part of episodes of Welcome to Night Vale, but was dubious a full novel could be built around her. This story is steeped in the same surrealism the podcast is, but holds together as an engaging narrative surprisingly well.