- File Size: 473 KB
- Print Length: 42 pages
- Publisher: DarkFuse; 1 edition (February 9, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 9, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ICN4USA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,728,308 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Fading Place Kindle Edition
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This short story takes us on a road trip through rural New Jersey as Simone instructs Charlie to her end destination. Simone is obsessed with the fade, something that sucks color and life from the world. Simone is extremely volatile and out of control, deeply disturbed and liable to snap at a moment’s notice. The author generates a very tense atmosphere throughout the book. There is an incredible sadness and emotion as we learn more of Simone’s motivations and experiences.
This is a powerful short story, unfortunately all too close to the real world. Gripping, and recommended reading. I will be sure to seek out some full length titles from Mary SanGiovanni.
What begins is the longest car drive Charlie's ever had. Between worrying over her child and figuring out what to do with the woman holding a gun to her head, and trying to make it out alive, she has way too many issues to deal with all at once. Then the woman, Simone, starts telling her about her life, and the depths of her insanity soon become clear...
Unfortunately a good premise doesn't always mean a good book. This novella was a bit disappointing, because we never got too invested in the characters. I wanted to feel for Charlie, worry about her little girl, even feel some connection to the antagonist, but I never really got to know any of them, so I was left feeling hardly anything. A book like this one could be terrifying - even the thought of being abducted is horrible. But it all falls flat, and there's too little emotion. The book is too predictable - I predicted the ending right from the start - the portayal of Simone isn't convincing, Charlie's panic doesn't ring true.
Despite not liking it that much, I did like the writing. Mary SanGiovanni has a fluent, prozaic writing style. If the characters had more depth, I would've probably enjoyed this book more.
I received a copy from this book in exchange for an honest review.
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