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Guillotine by Delilah S. Dawson







About Guillotine

The Menu meets Ready or Not in this dark tale of opulent luxury and shocking violence from the New York Times bestselling author of Bloom.

Thrift fashionista Dez Lane doesn’t want to date Patrick Ruskin; she just wants to meet his mother, the editor-in-chief of Nouveau magazine. When he invites her to his family’s big Easter reunion at their ancestral home, she’s certain she can put up with his arrogance and fend off his advances long enough to ask Marie Caulfield-Ruskin for an internship someone with her pedigree could never nab through the regular submission route.

When they arrive at the enormous island mansion, Dez is floored—she’s never witnessed how the 1% lives before in all their ridiculous, unnecessary luxury. But once all the family members are on the island and the ferry has departed, things take a dark turn. For decades, the Ruskins have made their servants sign contracts that are basically indentured servitude, and with nothing to lose, the servants have decided their only route to freedom is to get rid of the Ruskins for good…



Praise For Guillotine


“Fast, fun, and frightening, Glass Onion meets Saw in this savagely on-point thriller.”
-T. Kingfisher

“Deliciously brutal and stiletto sharp. Guillotine is the eat-the-rich horror you’ve been waiting for.”
-Rory Power

“Gruesome and laced with a delightful sense of humor, Delilah S. Dawson’s Guillotine showcases the author’s brilliant nerve and clever wit. A compelling and intelligently written shocker.”
-Eric LaRocca

“Guillotine is at once a vicious reckoning of wealth and power, and a feminist fever dream led by a protagonist you can’t help but salivate over. I would follow Dez Lane straight into Hell.”
-Katrina Monroe

“Sometimes the line dividing the Haves from the Have-Nots is as thin as a razorblade or blunt as a sledgehammer, but in Delilah S. Dawson’s cruelly capable hands, rest assured, it’s gonna hurt no matter what. Her taut novella testifies revenge is a dish best served flambéed, or sous vide, or pounded into an absolute pulp. In Guillotine, you gleefully get all three… and then some.”
-Clay McLeod Chapman

“A pitch-dark, sharp-toothed romp with a rich vein of gallows humour, Guillotine is a gory, uncomfortable treat for anyone who’s ever wanted to eat the rich. Blending the glittering world of The Menu with the disturbing underclass of US, Delilah S. Dawson’s latest novel is another triumph.”
-Ally Wilkes

“Guillotine is a tight thrill ride of horror you can’t put down.”
-V. Castro

“Reading Delilah S. Dawson’s Guillotine is like watching poetry smash a bottle against someone’s face. Fast, stylish, very bloody, and unapologetically brutal, this is a straight razor of a novel that slices to the core of class resentment with power and grace. This novel will leave a slug trail of blood in your brain, and you’ll be happy it did.”
-Gabino Iglesias




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About Delilah S. Dawson

Delilah S. Dawson is the author of the New York Times bestseller Star Wars: Phasma, Hit, Servants of the Storm, the Blud series, the creator-owned comics Ladycastle and Sparrowhawk, and the Shadow series (written as Lila Bowen). She lives in Florida with her family and a fat mutt named Merle.


Photo: © Allan Amato