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Short Story Sunday: Snowflakes by Ruth Ware

Snowflakes
Series: Hush Collection

 Hush, a collection of six stories, ranging from political mysteries to psychological thrillers, in which deception can be a matter of life and death. Each piece can be read or listened to in one truly chilling sitting.

Author: Ruth Ware
Published: July 30, 2020
Audiobook: 33 minute read/ 24 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read:  October 7, 2021
Jessica’s Rating: 2 stars     

Short Story Description:

Leah has spent her formative years isolated on a remote island with her family. But their quiet existence, far from the devastated mainland, is cracking. Father, sensing a coming threat, demands that a wall be built. As the stone blockade rises, Father’s paranoia escalates. So does Leah’s dread that the violence the family left behind has found its way to their sanctuary.

Jessica’s Review:

I adore Ruth Ware but Snowflakes did not work for me. It has a dystopian feel to it, but the short story devolves into a political message.  There is a conclusion that gives a small bit of a shock to the reader. The short story does go in a way I did not expect, but this one was not for me.

I listened to the audiobook version which lasted for my commute home from work.  Short stories can be a nice way to pass the time, provided the story itself works for you. 

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Book Review: Fright Night by Maren Stoffels

Fright Night
Author: Maren Stoffels

Published: September 1, 2020
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: July 30-August 1, 2021
Jessica’s Rating: 2 stars

Book Description:

Sofia isn’t so sure about Fright Night. When she suggested it to her friends, she was only thinking of it as an excuse to get closer to Dylan. Now that it’s happening, she’s worried that spending the night in a deserted forest is a bad idea.

But it’s totally safe–there’s even a safe word if things get too intense. And they do. Sofia and her friends are forced to face their greatest fears, and suddenly? It’s too late to turn back.

Jessica’s Review:

Fright Night is one that had promise from the book description, but it fell flat for me.  I love haunted houses and a good scare, so I was ready for a book featuring teens going to a Fright Night to face their ultimate fears in the woods, a night that gets way out of hand. You have heard of those places that are run in the fall and people have to sign waivers and more to participate, but I would never dare to do them!  OMG.  But in this novel, we got two stories, the Fright Night end and then Dylan’s backstory which affected the present timeline.

Fright Night was not horror but it more of a psychological drama that was not scary. I honestly did not care about Dylan’s backstory and just wanted as good of a scare that a YA horror novel can give you.  But it was not even really a good scare. I only finished it as it was a short audiobook at 4 hours.  I’m hoping the author’s other book (Escape Room) I got through the Libby app is better, but honestly, I am not expecting much out of it. 

Sadly, Fright Night is a novel I cannot recommend. 

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Book Review: The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

The Final Girl Support Group
Author: Grady Hendrix

Published:  July 13, 2021
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: September 16-22, 2021
Jessica’s Rating: 2 stars

Book Description:

In horror movies, the final girl is the one who’s left standing when the credits roll. The one who fought back, defeated the killer, and avenged her friends. The one who emerges bloodied but victorious. But after the sirens fade and the audience moves on, what happens to her?

Lynnette Tarkington is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre twenty-two years ago, and it has defined every day of her life since. And she’s not alone. For more than a decade she’s been meeting with five other actual final girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable, putting their lives back together, piece by piece. That is until one of the women misses a meeting and Lynnette’s worst fears are realized–someone knows about the group and is determined to take their lives apart again, piece by piece.

But the thing about these final girls is that they have each other now, and no matter how bad the odds, how dark the night, how sharp the knife, they will never, ever give up.

Jessica’s Review:

Despite not really being a Grady Hendrix fan, in the spirit of Halloween I gave the audiobook a listen, but like his others, it did not agree with me.  The premise has something to it: What happens to ‘final girls’ after the headlines end?  All the final girls are reminiscent of final girls from the slasher movies of the 1980s and 1990s.

For me, what happens with these final girls is that they are all beyond messed up!  I did not form any attachment to any of the final girls, so when things happened to them, I did not really feel anything. We do get details of what Lynnette survived and it is very brutal in a jaw dropping way. 

This novel did get me thinking about Neve Campbell’s character Sydney in the Scream movies: She survived multiple attacks by multiple killers so how messed up would she be in ‘real life’??? Also Jamie Lee Curtis in the Halloween movies, yep, she’s a total Final Girl!  And we get new movies in both of those series relatively soon.

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