Each Monday will bring a different horror… to help you cope with the horror that is Monday with the horrors that are in the fantasy world.
Horror for Today: Ghosts or Demons?!
In 1997 Isabel Quirke sits down to write a letter to her sister. A letter she never intends to send. Within the pages of that letter she describes the frightening events that lead up to the disintegration of their relationship.
Susan Quirke, before she became Susan Hades–mother of Mary–goes through a transformation so extreme it changes her forever. Her younger sister Isabel can only watch.
This short story can be read as a companion to the Mary Hades series.
I’m back with Mary Hades! I’m so glad to say that this is NOT the last in the series. It did end very well and I was worried that it could be Mary’s last but thankfully Sarah Dalton has the next up on Goodreads! I cannot wait.
This book was so good that I went to amazon to see if there were more. Even with my towering TBR I immediately purchased two more novellas in this series. Both were fantastic and I recommend since they answer a lot of questions that you read them in order! Of you can be a rebel like me and put all the puzzle pieces together afterwards 😉
I read Mary Hades book one last year and really enjoyed it. I read a lot so the only downside to this is that I needed a bit more to kick my memory into gear. I was thinking of another Mary book when I started reading and a few more clues may have jogged my brain a bit. That said it only took about two chapter to realize which book this was the sequel to and from then on I was with it.
Mary is quite the interesting gal. She can see ghosts (you find out what happened in the novella). The first book intrigued me but the second was fantastic! I kept questioning why things were happening the way they were but Sarah Dalton only gives little bits and pieces here and there so you can construct the puzzle slowly.
As things start to progress and Mary is trying to figure things out, the plot turns VERY dark. It’s interesting how most of the information is learned through a journal. I think this way of doing things allows the reader a look into another portion of the story that otherwise we would never have been able to find out. Very well done!
As for the creep factor, it is most definitely there in spades! Sarah Dalton has a way of adding in a level of darkness, even for what the reader thinks are normal characters. This was like a mystery just waiting to be unraveled and I loved every minute of it!
In short: Fantastic story, pretty good plot with a lot of creepiness. I’m so glad there is going to be another!
Scare meter gets a 4/5 but the review gets a 5/5!!
Horror Meter: 4.5/5
Shock Factor: 4/5
Total Scare: 4/5