Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Book Review #504 - Fear: 13 Stories of Suspense and Horror by Various Authors


Don't turn out the lights. Don't go out alone. And whatever you do, don't let down your guard. Because your neighbors might seem normal, but why do they collect knives and eat their steaks so bloody? And when the boy of your dreams finally asks you out, why is there something so . . . lupine . . . about him? And if your brother's fear of the dark is so childish, how do you explain those shadows creeping out of your closet? In thirteen blood-chilling stories from true masters of suspense, including five New York Times bestselling authors and four Edgar Award nominees, nothing is what it seems, and no one is safe.......

My Rating: 3/5

This is an anthology of short stories all which were more suspenseful than horror. I will do a mini-review of each story below:

Welcome to the Club by R.L. Stine - This one had way too many twists at the end that left me feeling flat. 

She's Different Tonight by Heather Graham - This story was practically about nothing and the big reveal at the end was entirely predictable. 

Suckers by Suzanne Weyn - With just about every anthology I have read there is always one story that I find I wished was a full length novel. This was the story for me in this book. The concept was interesting but the lack of development killed it which could have been addressed in a full length book. 

The Perfects by Jennifer Allison - This story was the first to have a female protagonist which was refreshing. This story had the potential to be suspenseful but the constant foreboding made it entirely predictable. 

Shadow Children by Heather Brewer - This was one of the more unique stories in this anthology. It was a little too over descriptive which slowed it down. 

The Poison Ring by Peg Kehret - This was my favourite story in the book. It was engaging, suspenseful and action packed. 

Dragonfly Eyes by Alane Ferguson - This was by far the shortest story as it was around 8 pages long but it was very haunting, thrilling and suspenseful. The characters were very stereotyped. 

Jeepers Peepers by Ryan Brown - This story was very atmospheric and it had a very cinematic feel to it. I found it very suspenseful but it fell apart towards the end. 

Piney Power by F. Paul Wilson - This was a very exciting and thrilling read however there were too many characters for such a short story. 

The Night Hunter by Meg Cabot - This was a very thrilling and enthralling read which definitely had the Meg Cabot quality about it. 

Tuition by Walter Sorrells - This story was gripping from the first sentence until the very last. 

Tagger by James Rollins - This was my least favourite story in the book. It seemed to drag on and was longer than it needed to be. 

Ray Gun by Tim Maleeny - This story was a great combination of suspense, sci-fi and action.    

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