A teenager who is fan of “creepypastas” (horror stories published on the Internet) wakes up handcuffed, in a cottage in the middle of the forest. She has been kidnapped by her Literature teacher, a young woman who has been tormented for months by her and her friends at an Opus Dei school: Bilingual Delta College for Girls, for rich girls.
Soon, a disturbing teenage romance, an unexpected betrayal and some secret initiation rituals inspired on “creepypastas” will reveal murkier reasons for the kidnap than bullying the teacher.
Mandíbula is a novel about fear, family links, sexuality and violence. A prose full of poetical sparks, disturbing symbols and gaps in time. It is also a bit of a psychological thriller in order to develop the mind game produced between students and teachers, and digs into the passionate relationships between mothers and daughters, sisters and besties, recreating a feminine but monstrous world connected to the horror films tradition and gender literature.
Terrifying and sordid. And, more importantly, feminine but far from being a fairy tale.
A story full of different styles which succeed linking suspense with an insightful analysis of adolescence, an age which is an enemy to the rules and produces fear and fascination. As the good literature does. One of the most daring novels of the year. Javier Rodríguez Marcos, Director of The Babelia Supplement, El País
It is well known that adolescence is a fascinating territory inhabited by ferocious identity and moral doubts. The mastery of Ojeda to turn that into literature is astonishing. Nadal Suau, El Cultural, El Mundo
Dazzling. Carlos Pardo, Babelia, El País
Mónica Ojeda surpasses the borders of the thriller and the terror… Ricardo Baixeras, El Periódico de Catalunya
A stunning language to show the atrocious and the perverse. It is heartless innocence. Luisgé Martin, El País
The perverse eroticism of this Ecuadorian writer escapes any kind of classification… Eudald Espluga, Playground
«Cultivated perversion», «postmodern horror»… are some of the labels used to classify the work of this writer. Xavi Ayén, La Vanguardia
One of the best thrillers I was able to read in this time where you can find tons of them. Its intensity is surprising. Juan Ángel Juristo, ABC
One of the books of the year: smart and shocking plot. Elena Hevia, El Periódico de Catalunya
As Rilke’s terrible angel, the beauty of Mandibula’s fiction does not spare the truth that lays in our wounds. They bleed, as Ojeda’s protagonists. Arturo Borra, Tendencias 21
Her narrative possesses an energy that doesn’t allow the reader to rest, her tales nail images to the brain, especially when they are depicting a violent or erotic scene. Ariana Basciani, The Objective
Mandíbula is a journey into the intrinsic horror of the human being and, above all, to a horror that fascinates, that deals with going beyond the established limits, but it is also an inquest into the fear. Anna María Iglesia, Librújula
Will be published by: USA Coffee House Press/ Greece Skarifima Editions
Other books by the same author
Nefando. Novel, 2016