Welcome to Friday Reads. Each Friday, I’ll review any books I’ve completed that week, as well as share what I’m reading right now. And by “Each Friday,” I mean “some Fridays.”
The Doll – Daphne du Maurier – 4* (July 20)
I feel like a broken record when it comes to short stories, but this collection was less uneven than some others I’ve read.
A few of the stories were misses for me, including the title story, “The Doll.” But some were dark and disturbing in ways that really struck a chord. Du Maurier especially has a way of writing women, both the troubled and the troublemakers, in a way that haunts.
The Accident – Diane Hoh – 3* (July 25)
This book was in a pile of old “scary” books I found on the shelves at my parents’ place. I couldn’t remember the story, though the nostalgia factor loomed large as I read it.
I give it 4* for the way it transported me back to the early 90s. I remember being jealous that Megan had a phone in her bedroom – something I never had at home. I couldn’t help but think how different the story would be taking into account today’s technology. Cellphones, internet… Still, the plot would largely hold up just as well in 2019 as it did in 1991.
I give it 2* for writing/editing. Everything felt clunky in a way that almost made me give up a few pages into the story. The story had some plot and characterization issues, but mostly it was mechanical issues that made me cringe.
I’ll get back to this eventually.