Genevieve Gaunt

Neo-gothic horror: Strega, by Johanne Lykke Holm

A teenage maid goes missing after a party of men arrive at a lonely alpine hotel for a sinister carnival feast

A lonely alpine hotel provides the setting for Johanne Lykke Holm’s Strega. [Alamy]

In Johanne Lykke Holm’s neo-gothic novel Strega, Rafaela, claustrophobic in her parents’ ‘yellow’ and ‘dusty’ flat, dreams of working as a maid at the mountain-nestled Olympic Hotel. She luxuriates in a bath with a brochure, mesmerised by photographs of ‘girls in pearl-white aprons, girls eating ruby-red apples straight from the tree’.

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