Sarah Gailey with Nisi Shawl—'Just Like Home'

UPDATE 7/11/22: This event, previously scheduled in-person at our Seward Park store, is now virtual. Due to a scheduling conflict, the start time has changed from 7pm PDT to 4pm PDT. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

"Equal parts raw terror of a dark childhood bedroom, creeping revelations of a true-crime podcast, and searing hurt of resentment within a family. It’s a must-read for all gothic horror fans." —Booklist

Third Place Books is pleased to welcome Sarah Gailey—bestselling author of Magic for Liars—to our virtual stage! Gailey will be discussing their most recent novel Just Like Home, a gothic thriller of family turned inside out, in conversation with Nisi Shawl.

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About Just Like Home. . .

Just Like Home is a darkly gothic thriller from nationally bestselling author Sarah Gailey, perfect for fans of Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House as well as HBO's true crime masterpiece I'll Be Gone in the Dark.

“Come home.” Vera’s mother called and Vera obeyed. In spite of their long estrangement, in spite of the memories—she's come home, back to the home of a serial killer, the house that he built, her home. Back to face the love she had for her father and the bodies he buried there.

Coming home is hard enough for Vera, and to make things worse, she and her mother aren’t alone. A parasitic artist has moved into the guest house out back and is slowly stripping Vera’s childhood for spare parts. He insists that he isn’t the one leaving notes around the house in her father’s handwriting… but who else could it possibly be?

There are secrets yet undiscovered in the foundations of the notorious Crowder House. Vera must face them and find out for herself just how deep the rot goes.

Praise for Sarah Gailey. . .

"Delightfully creepy and heartbreakingly tragic, Just Like Home is equal parts raw terror of a dark childhood bedroom, creeping revelations of a true-crime podcast, and searing hurt of resentment within a family. It’s a must-read for all gothic horror fans."
—Booklist, starred review of Just Like Home

“Vera Crowder, the protagonist of this superior novel of psychological suspense from Gailey (The Echo Wife), returns to her childhood home, Crowder House, after 12 years to reunite with her dying mother, a fraught visit that reawakens dark memories. Suggestive prose enhances the twisty plot as Vera tries to better understand the killings her father was accused of. Minette Walters fans will be captivated.”
Publisher’s Weekly, starred review of Just Like Home

“For those familiar with Gailey's work, expect this one to offer familiar pleasures and some new surprises. And for those who aren't, well, get ready.”
Entertainment Weekly on The Echo Wife

Sarah Gailey is a Hugo Award Winning and bestselling author of speculative fiction, short stories, and essays. They have been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards for multiple years running. Their bestselling adult novel debut, Magic For Liars, was published by Tor Books in 2019. Their most recent novel, The Echo Wife, and first original comic book series with BOOM! Studios, Eat the Rich, are available now. Their shorter works and essays have been published in Mashable, The Boston Globe, Vice,, and The Atlantic. Their work has been translated into seven different languages and published around the world. You can find links to their work at and on social media at @gaileyfrey. (Photo credit: Allan Amato 2019)

Nisi Shawl’s debut novel, the Nebula finalist novel Everfair, is an alternate history of Africa’s Congo region. They co-authored Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, a standard text on inclusivity, and edited the multiple award-winning anthology New Suns: Speculative Fiction by People of Color. Their horror collection Our Fruiting Bodies is forthcoming from Aqueduct Press.

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