The Jordan Peele of horror fiction turns to classic slasher cinema in this sharp and witty gentrification horror.
Jade is one class away from graduating high-school, but that's one class she keeps failing local history. Dragged down by her past, her father and being an outsider, she's composing her epic essay series to save her high-school diploma.
Jade's topic? The unifying theory of slasher films. In her rapidly gentrifying rural lake town, Jade sees the pattern in recent events that only her encyclopedic knowledge of horror cinema could have prepared her for. And with the arrival of the Final Girl, Letha Mondragon, she's convinced an irreversible sequence of events has been set into motion.
As tourists start to go missing, and the tension grows between her community and the celebrity newcomers building their mansions the other side of the Indian Lake, Jade prepares for the killer to rise. She dives deep into the town's history, the tragic deaths that occurred at camp years ago, the missing tourists no one is even sure exist, and the murders starting to happen, searching for the answer.
As the small and peaceful town heads towards catastrophe, it all must come to a head on 4th July, when the town all gathers on the water, where luxury yachts compete with canoes and inflatables, and the final showdown between rich and poor, past and present, townsfolk and celebrities slasher and Final Girl.
"Horror fans [will] be blown away by this audacious extravaganza." — Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Meticulously crafted horror [with a] vivid, moving, gory end." – Library Journal, starred review
"A brilliantly crafted, heartbreakingly beautiful slasher." – Booklist, starred review
"This extraordinary novel is an essential purchase." — Library Journal, starred review
"A methodically paced story where every detail both entertains and matters. Brilliantly crafted, heartbreakingly beautiful." — Becky Spratford, Booklist, Starred Review
"A homage to slasher films that also manages to defy and transcend genre. You don't have to be a slasher fan to read My Heart is a Chainsaw, but I guarantee that you will be after you read it." — Alma Katsu, author of The Deep and The Hunger
"Brutal, beautiful, and unforgettable. It's everything I never knew I needed in a horror novel." — Gwendolyn Kiste, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Rust Maidens
"A frantic, gory whodunnit mystery, with an ending both savage and shocking. Don't say I didn't warn you!" — Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Ararat and Red Hands
"An easy contender for Best of the Year. It left me stunned and applauding." — Brian Keene, World Horror Convention Grandmaster Award-winning author of The Rising and The Damned Highway
"A captivating story ... It’s both a heartfelt love letter and a fresh take, making you fall in love while shredding your heart." — Bloody Disgusting