Sharon E. Cathcart
on Oct. 25, 2012 :
Author Darcia Helle has put together quite a good anthology of suspenseful original short stories that show off her skills as a writer.
As is the case with any anthology, everyone will have different favorites. For me, the standouts were "Tiny Dancer" and "Marietta's Cats." Each story in the anthology was different, giving the reader a number of different perspectives on the genre.
All told, this was an entertaining and quick collection to read. Highly recommended for those who enjoy suspense tales.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)
on Oct. 28, 2011 :
I am already a fan of Darcia Helle's writing having read her novels, Enemies and Playmates, The Cutting Edge, and Into The Light.
Darcia Helle has shown us with this anthology that short stories can be as compelling as novels. All of her characters seem real, they have feelings, they have a history, and we learn about them in fewer words than a novel, but still we know them.
From the poignant first story, streaked with colour and tragedy, right through to the last one, that contains humour, human compassion and heart, Darcia takes us on a journey that we can relate to. We are all living in this world where calm and fury battle for our attention, just like the characters in Darcia's stories.
There are stories to make you laugh, cry, wince, scream... there is every type of emotion within these pages. I enjoyed all the stories. Read Darcia Helle's stories and you will enter a world that may almost frighten you but you will be left curious enough to take another look. Her writing is addictive. She has mastered the art of suspense writing, and this collection is another example of that.
(reviewed the day of purchase)