- File Size: 2145 KB
- Print Length: 171 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Linda Hall (May 25, 2014)
- Publication Date: May 25, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KKUV2CA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,203,763 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Strange Faces Kindle Edition
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Strange Faces has some similarities. Like the characters in Munro's books, Hall's are all ordinary people--housewives, mechanics, teachers. And like Munro's tantalizing first lines, the beginnings of each story in Hall's seven-story collection pulled me in so I wanted to read more:
"I've suspected for some time that I should go to the authorities about Lewis. Why haven't I? Fear, I suppose. Even anonymous calls aren't anonymous" first lines of "Mad Scientist."
"I've always been very protective of my sister. Even when she started killing people at her work" - first lines of "Weather Ladies."
Such beginnings give us a taste of Hall's cat-and-mouse game with the reader as we try to figure out: is this person reliable, wearing a white or black hat, is he/she even sane?
Most of these tales are dark. Through her characters Hall plumbs the depths of the human heart's capacity for jealousy, fear, desire for revenge, rage at being deserted. Several stories also speak about bullying. She asks `What if...?' and then sees the matter through to its deadly conclusion. And so there's murder and mayhem, but ever so genteelly disclosed.
Hall's stories are full of homey but significant details and whiplash surprises--a very entertaining combination.
Top international reviews
In these stories we meet young and old, damaged and whole, down-and-out and starting over. Linda Hall never shies away from social issues in her mysteries, and readers will met lonely souls, caregivers, victims of bullying and of dementia. Many stories deal with family ties and loyalty.
As well as strongly-evoked characters, the author gives us vivid descriptions. Each story contains a depth and richness, as if we're joining fully-developed individuals in a slice of their lives. Back story is always introduced in an organic way in just the right amount to let readers discover what we need to know.
Well worth a read!