Author: Lynn Thompson
Category: Fiction, Horror, Psychological, Thriller, Suspense, Short Story Anthology
Suitable for: Teens+
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Format Read for Review: Kindle copy from the author
Description: This book is a collection of 5 short stories inspired by strange news clips. The short story describes some wild event and then is followed by a 'breaking news' scene where a reporter describes what happened. This clarifies some of what really happened in the mysterious, ambiguous and shocking scene you just witnessed.
In Short: This is an interesting twist on news headlines with a macabre sense of humor. If you like fictional short stories that are a bit on the dark side you will enjoy this anthology. The stories range from getting revenge via snakes, to wildfires, bugs under the skin, a hoarder being attacked by the danger she created in her own home, and even a bad batch of cannabis that creates zombies.
Pros: These stories are really unique and well written. Even though I'm totally phobic of snakes and found the snake story to be unsettling it was probably my favorite. I loved the big snake's character and the comical outcome of the story. My family also recently lost their house in a wildfire so you could say that short story hit home for me. I still enjoyed it and thought the ending was simultaneously shocking and humorous in a twisted way. I thought the stories were darkly comical and easy to imagine happening in real life. I found this book to be really entertaining and unlike anything I have read before. It made for a quick fun read.
Cons: Some of the stories have an air of mystery to them that made me a little confused, still a great read.
Parent's Guide: Overall clean language and not too intense as far as violence and horror goes. Some possible triggers for the topics of fire, bulimia, there is a child molester character, mild drug reference without graphic drug use (people turned into zombies from tainted cannabis), and there are some deaths in this book. I didn't think it was too scary or graphic and I think it's safe for most adolescents.
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