The descriptive bit: This is a collection of dark-themed suspense stories. Essentially, it’s a collection of tales about murder and untimely or suspicious death. There are bodies everywhere! Guilty people abound!
My thoughts bit: The stories in this book hit you with horror where you live. RIGHT in your own mind. It’s filled up with murderous spouses and partners pushed tot he edge, people are driven mad by loss, minds tangled up with too many personalities, people driven to commit horrific acts because of everyday annoyances.
It’s difficult to review a collection of short works without giving up too much information about them. But, it’s going to be obvious when you dive into this collection that there are going to be a lot of dead bodies by the end! The one thing that I loved about all these stories is that there was always a twist; something that I didn’t see coming or was surprised by. Having a bit of a mystery in each tale kept me reading.
This may be the perfect book to have along for summer! I kept it on my Kobo and found it great for sneaking in some reading while I was waiting for things around me to happen!
There are LGBTQIA characters in most of the stories, but what I enjoyed was that Queer wasn’t the plot! Queer is just what some of the people in the stories are. It was a pleasure to read stories with such diversity (ie. there are all kinds of couples and relationships).
New Orleans is a prominent character throughout this collection. Now, I’ve never been there – although I really want to – my research indicates that Herren captures New Orleans perfectly. I like the way the city creeps into all the stories, almost as though it’s lurking there and, may just be part of the darkness.
These stories are definitely worth a read!
The warnings bit: Please be aware, I’m by no means an expert on what may or may not have the potential to disturb people. I simply list things that I think a reader might want to be aware of.
In this book: dead bodies, various deaths, descriptions of corpses, violence, murder ! You get the idea.
I received an ARC of Survivor’s Guilt And Other Stories by Greg Herren from Bold Strokes Books, Inc. via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.