Author: Sahar Sabati
Age Category: Adult
Release Date: 17 October 2013
Source: Complimentary Copy
The writings below are my opinions, you may let it influence you or you may not.
THE THREE R's
- Double Double: a woman sees the same people in different places.
- Mug Shot: a tired emergency room nurse has a horrifying interaction.
- Karma: An an unexpected romance leads a man to consider murder.
- The Car in the Fog: After an all-night study session, a car follows two siblings home.
- Monster in My Closet: monsters come in different forms and leave different types of scars.
- Misty Eyes: a parade of burgundy coats and boots with buckles.
- Mindy’s Melody: an elderly man with a piano helps a widower come to terms with his loss.
I think my problem with this collection is summed up by the author: "I do not believe in (the paranormal) in any shape or form." You don't have to believe in the supernatural to write about it but helps to immerse yourself in that mindset when writing about supernatural happenings. Hence, most of these stories read like a skeptic's retelling without the spark.
Many of the stories were anticlimactic: some ended abruptly, and others were resolved too quickly. The endings were slightly predictable. Some were not scary or creepy enough to give me chills.
The voice of the seven narrators were indistinguishable from one another and the sentence structure took a while to get into. There was quite a lot of grammatical errors.
My favorites: Karma; The Monster in my Closet; Mindy's Melody. I like the ending of Mug Shot; the beginning of Double, Double; I didn't care for Misty Eyes. I'm on the fence about The Car in the Fog because it has creepy elements that were not fully realized by the bland narration and the tell, not show aspect of delivery.