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Southern Bones Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B009MRUFYS
- Publication date : October 6, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 789 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 175 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1480248304
- Lending : Enabled
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Characters are what A.J. does best and my stand-out favorite of the bunch is the second story, Mickie's Stars. Mickie is a young girl whose flesh is scarred in star-like patterns which glow when she is angry. When she notes a young boy and later a little girl being mistreated during a beach outing, she sets out to make sure justice is served. How, you ask? I don't want to spoil anything so I'm just going to say she has her ways.
The Woman Who Loved the Red Stucco House resonated with me because I'm a bit of a perfectionist and I saw a little of my own obsessive behavior in this woman who wanted everything "just so". Like all dark tales, the twist comes when the man in her life has taken about all he can of her nit-picking.
A Family Affair opens with a family attending a gallows festival where, of course, there are hangings. In this tale, everything (including disrespect and infidelity) is punishable by death and the family's secrets cause their share of problems. Do you have teenagers? You do? Then this story is probably for you. Another great twist ending!
Beneath the Sycamore Tree is a touching tale of first love so deep that it spans years and defines one young man as he grows into early adulthood. When a little girl is murdered, she haunts the swing outside the home of her first love who is determined to uncover the identity of her killer. This one is my second favorite.
All in all, this is an excellent collection of stories that explore the themes of abuse and retribution in The South. The diverse cast of characters assures there is something for everyone and while there is definitely darkness inherent in these tales, the pages are not splattered with gore. Some stories are longer than others, but this is a perfect mix-up for horror readers on-the-go.