- File Size: 300 KB
- Print Length: 75 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (July 15, 2013)
- Publication Date: July 15, 2013
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DJLQ9WA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,668,729 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Timeless Innocents. Even the name is vaguely creepy, in that way that all collectibles seem to be. There's always been something just a little off-putting about seeing shelves upon shelves of tiny little people staring back at me. Now I know why. They really are horrid little things - and not just because it takes forever to dust them.
Janis Susan May's novella is a fanciful romp into the dark world of collectibles - and the obsession that underlies the act of collecting. Her version - Timeless Innocents - starts out banal enough. A lawyer is brought in to catalog the collection of a couple that recently died. Things don't stay banal for long though, as our fearless heroine spends time in the house with the tiny statues (which, personally, I picture as Precious Moments blended with Hummel figurines - if they were designed by Neil Gaiman).
There are a few deviations here and there, but the story offers up pretty standard fare. The spunky young lawyer living in her dad's shadow. The "parade of sinister characters" (quote from the book blurb) all with eerily obsessive interest in the figurines. Mysterious deaths. Noises when your back is turned. An ending that you shouldn't see coming but somehow do anyway.
It's not a bad little read at all. But it's not exactly edge-of-your-seat thriller-ness either. There's something comfortable about the story - you can see what is coming a mile away, but yet it still gives you a goosebump or two every now and again. While it didn't scare me to the point that I had to put it down, I also wouldn't have read it while home alone. It's a pleasant way to spend 99 cents (on kindle) and however long it takes you to read about 25,000/so words - if your idea of pleasant leans toward the designed-by-Neil-Gaiman end of the spectrum.
The first 'horrifying' thing happened at 48% of the book. That's how slow it was. It was just dragging and talking about pointless things to do with the protagonist's personal life. We didn't need that much detail!
When it got a bit 'spooky' it was relatively enjoyable, however to be able to scare someone while reading can be difficult (Mr. King is the only one who has achieved that with me) so I would think this story would be much more suited to the big screen rather than a book.
The writing was excellent. There was very little errors considering it's an uncorrected proof which is always a plus. The descriptions were great and I could picture everything perfectly. I loved the little details about the main character, Brianna. Her actions and how she reacted to things said so much about her. I loved how whenever she felt a bit stressed she had a diet Dr. Pepper.
The bad things about the writing: There was a little bit of telling and explaining rather than doing and illustrating here but it wasn't much of a big deal. Also, it was told in third person and was from Brianna's POV but in the middle it suddenly switched to another person's POV and at the end it switched to Brianna's boyfriend's POV which was sort of random. I think it would have flowed better without those two minor glitches.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants a quick read but don't expect to be scared!