- File Size: 352 KB
- Print Length: 66 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: April 5, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DWF4320
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,061,878 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Anagnorisis Kindle Edition
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This novella is true to its warning about graphic depictions of domestic violence - the story largely centers around Tyler, a high school student who gets beaten up by his dad on the regular. And there is a LOT of abuse. Tyler’s mom died as a result of her injuries from getting abused, and now weird & bloody stuff starts to happen in Tyler’s house and his next-door-neighbor’s house.
His next door neighbor is also his best friend. Allison doesn’t have too large of a role in the story, but she is a lesbian trying to figure out how much longer she can go before she comes out of the closet. And her poor, poor cat is mysteriously getting covered in blood. :(
I wasn’t fond of the head-hopping outside of Tyler and Allison’s POVs. Allison’s parents are nice, but I was suuuuuper not fond of Tyler’s dad getting his own narrative. I don’t know if its main purpose was to demonstrate his own suffering as he’s being haunted, but it also read like it was trying to portray him as human/make him sympathetic. Which, no, I’m not ever going to see a child abuser as anything but a monster.
The supernatural haunting is neat and kind of spooky, but it was definitely the portrayed abuse that scared me the most and made my heart hurt. Fortunately, this novella ends on a message of hope.
***e-ARC provided in exchange for review***
Ms. Ledbetter crafted a creepy, quiet horror with this novella. Her attention to the details--from the setting in rural Tennessee, to the abuse Tyler and his mother suffer at his father’s hand--was astounding. I enjoy paranormal and psychological horror, rather than gore, and this delivered just enough bloodiness for realism and creep-factor without being gratuitous. I almost hoped the piece would be longer, as I wanted more of the characters. In addition to being well-written, Ms. Ledbetter’s treatment of the sensitive topic of abuse was wonderful. She painted Tyler neither as just a victim, or his father as a one-dimensional villain. Allison, too, was well written, and I was so pleased to find a casually-lesbian character whose sexuality wasn’t her single defining characteristic. I would gladly pick up another book by this author.