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Can’t Put It Down
This is an awesome combination of books all complied into one BIG book that’s made for some great reads. Usually not my genre, but I’ve found myself sucked in and can’t put it down. Grab it while it’s on sale for .99!
Would have preferred just the paranormal
This was largely a horror story dressed up as a paranormal "romance." There really was no romance to speak of. There were some naughty bits that were COMPLETELY unnecessary to the plot. Frankly, the book would have been better without them. Although the book was apparently written by two women authors, the sex scenes come across as cringy. There is lots of talk of punishment and the woman in the story is there primarily for use and abuse. Not my idea of romance.
The idea of the story is what got my attention in the first place. It reminded me of a plot line from the series Being Human, which I really kind of liked.
An abused wife kills her husband in self-defense and then is haunted by his ghost.
Throughout the book, I found myself not buying into the realism, CONSTANTLY questioning different plot turns. This is kind of a fruitless enterprise, when you are dealing with ghosts and vampires, though. Suspending disbelief kind of goes with the territory. You need to have a certain willingness to suspend disbelief, with these kinds of stories. When the characters seem to behave in completely unrealistic ways, however, you feel the strain of that suspension.
Okay, so that said, the biggest issues for me, aside from the cringy sex that I would have preferred not be there:
1) There is no explanation of the rules. The ghost supposedly needs his wife to continue to lure men to the attic of their home where he can kill them with some ritual that will supposedly bring HIM back to life. How this is possible, what the process is and who is needed, how many, etc., is never discussed. How the husband came by this knowledge is never explained, either. There is some mention of bits of the other victims being kept in jars, so it might be a "Mummy returns" kind of thing. But you never know. The ghost is supposed "tied" to the house, from what he says later in the book. But he can apparently go wherever he wants to, because he possesses someone but then leaves them to return home to torture the MC, some more.
2) Along these lines, one of the biggest problems is that the ghost seems all powerful and omni-present. He can apparently possess the wife (or almost anyone else), at will. That leads to all kinds of other questions and issues. If he has this power, which he demonstrates a number of times, why does he need her or her help, at all? He could either make her do what he wants her to or use someone else to do it for him. He uses the wife as a tool, but rather than having her fight him, I am not sure why he doesn't just do it himself. He also inexplicably leaves her presence at times, "trusting her" to do his bidding, which she mostly challenges, from Page 1. He can physically manipulate items and attack people physically. We are told about how strong he is and how easily he can overpower other people. But he is immune to physical attacks from others because items pass through him? How can it be both ways? If he is so strong and can physically manifest whenever he wants to and wherever he wants to, then why does he need/want anything to change? As a ghost, he can seemingly do whatever he wants to.
3) This poor woman would not be sane. She would have lost it, a very long time ago. The husband/ghost has apparently been dead for 4 years, and he has been physically, mentally and emotionally abusing her for all this time. At one point, we are told that he locked her in a cellar for a week at a time with no food or water. No human being could endure that kind of torture over that long a period without being broken. And yet, she is perky and vivacious and ready to snag herself some fresh candidates for her husband ghost to kill. I am convinced that she would have killed herself long ago. If she is determined to thwart the ghost, she would not have agreed to carry out his orders and she would have known that he would never stop torturing her, even if she did.
So again...as a realistic portrayal of anything other than horror and cringy sex, I just don't think it works. As a horror story, it works mostly okay. Horror is not really my genre though.
This review is already longer than it should be, given the nature of the material. But the premise of the story was really good. This could have been so much better. A much better story would have been the ghost possessing men to get close to his wife and then either leave her or he kills them off, making it look like she has done it. If she doesn't know what is going on, it would make it even more interesting. Having her act the way she does in that context might make more sense. (As much as possible, when you are talking ghosts and vampires...)
I was given the opportunity to review this as an ARC.
Great collection of stories
There is a little of everything in this collection of short stories for every type of sub-genre. That is one of the things I love the most about anthologies. I can read a few then go about my day or I can read until it's bedtime. I always can find new authors and also enjoy some of my favorite one-click authors.
The book starts with a bang of dark deliciousness with stories by three of my favorites authors in the first 20%. Cast Stones has a twist I never saw coming and kept me on the edge of my seat. I love both Cora Kenborn and Catherine Wiltcher separately but together they bring words to life. Malice by N Isabelle Blanco had me riveted and quickly turning the pages. That was bittersweet as I wanted to savor it. I wish it was longer but that is nothing new because I devour anything and everything that this author writes. I discovered her with her Ryze series and have been a huge fan ever since.
This is a big collection of stories. Almost 2000 pages all for.99cents. I will review more stories as I go along. For now, I just wanted to recommend that everyone get in on this deal.