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Moths: A trio of dark novellas Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B07VR8PTC6
- Language : English
- File size : 1367 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 402 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1912718200
- Best Sellers Rank: 250,181 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In the first, a young woman comes down off Dartmoor with amnesia. Her story is followed up by a trainee reporter who finds more than he expected. This one I found very readable but deeply unsettling. Could it happen?
In the second – the title story, Moths – I began by sympathising with a youngster who had little in his life but one best friend. This story left me wondering what is true and what is in the mind. A really thought-provoking story.
The final one was more like a traditional horror story but, as often with Sam Kates, taken from a different perspective. Very dark humour in places and an exciting denoument. I loved this book and if your tastes lean towards the dark side, it’s the book for you, without doubt.
There’s nothing remotely boring about ‘Moths’, Sam Kates’ latest, incorporating three ‘dark’ novellas in a substantial volume. The writing, too, is a treat. All three stories move along at a commendable pace.
‘The Goldfish Syndrome’ opens the book with an atmospheric scene in a village at the edge of Dartmoor, when one wet and windy night a young woman clad in a rain-sodden nightdress knocks on the door of an elderly couple, only to faint away when they eventually answer. She knows nothing more than her name. Over the 120 pages of the story the mystery deepens and becomes darker than the night on which the story opens.
In contrast, the title story takes more time to build up a picture of a young life, a difficult one in which the moth motif appears throughout. Just how difficult that life has been is only fully revealed in the disturbing ending.
As you might guess from the title ‘Returned’ is about a return from the grave and from this you might assume this is a dark story following a well-worn path. Not so; with relentless logic rather than the expected shock-horror this story focuses upon the reception of the reanimated corpse in the modern world. And if you think I’m giving too much away in my brief summary, this isn’t true either. The real horror of the story is in what returns with the dead one,