Ana and Reid needed a lucky break.
The horrifically complicated birth of their first child has left Ana paralyzed, bitter, and struggling: with mobility, with her relationship with Reid, with resentment for her baby. That’s about to change with the words any New Yorker would love to hear―affordable housing lottery.
They’ve won an apartment in the Deptford, one of Manhattan’s most revered buildings with beautiful vistas of Central Park and stunning architecture.
Reid dismisses disturbing events and Ana’s deep unease and paranoia as the price of living in New York―people are odd―but he can’t explain the needle-like bite marks on the baby.
In a world without enough Jewish horror, Nat Cassidy takes a firm look at the genre and decides to do his part for more. “Nestlings” is a story of family, loss, parenthood and identity spun through a lens of Jewish identity and featuring Jewish folklore that works only to its benefit. Easily Cassidy’s best work thus far and one that shows his utter flair for the horror genre.
Ana and Reid are a couple struggling after the birth of their child. In need of a break, they find one when they win a new apartment that overlooks the most beautiful areas of Manhattan. But paranoia soon sets in, and the couple begin to discover bite marks upon their baby. Their neighbors seem nice, but grow increasingly strange and disturbing. Eventually, Ana and Reid are left to wonder just what they’ve gotten themselves into-and if there’s any hope of escape.
Cassidy writes “Nestlings” with a razor whit. The book is intelligent and incisive, with commentary on current events. Most poignant is the portrayal of Reid’s own Judaism and how it has become even more vital to him in the current climate of rising antisemitism. For Reid, reclaiming his heritage is a statement against oppression and is the most real that Reid feels throughout the book.
Ana and Reid’s relationship feels all too real and familiar. They love one another, but have their problems and drama. Cassidy does not shy away from the portrayal of love, with all its problems. And simultaneously, he shows the difficulty of being parents and bringing a child up in an unjust world, asking what choices a parent might make to protect them when the terrifying unknown awaits.
Cassidy builds the terror to an absolute crescendo. Every piece of the novel lines up, with Jewish vampires portrayed in a positively brilliant and frightening manner. “Nestlings” understands the fear of parenthood, love, and choice while pushing the reader from their nest of comfort.