It is Thanksgiving and the children are waiting for their estranged father to come home. Or is it fifteen years later, when they are no longer childre...moreIt is Thanksgiving and the children are waiting for their estranged father to come home. Or is it fifteen years later, when they are no longer children and their lives have changed irrevocably? Most of this story is about a memory – a memory of the half-understood pain of adults in a broken relationship. There is just the faintest suggestion that the returning father is not just a memory but a ghost.
This is a beautifully-written piece, intensely moving. I have tears in my eyes now, as I write this. Mr Bittner captured for me perfectly the little family, one parent Russian, the other German, pretending that there is nothing different about this Thanksgiving, whilst underneath the conversation lies a desperate need to distract each other, pre-empt the hurtful word which will bring the illusion to an end.
This is the first story I have read by this author. I sincerely hope it will not be the last.
I love horror stories, especially those of the creepy kind. I want to be intrigued and disturbed rather than revolted. I also really appreciate good,...moreI love horror stories, especially those of the creepy kind. I want to be intrigued and disturbed rather than revolted. I also really appreciate good, fluent writing. Ms Rayne’s collection satisfies all these criteria. She has mastered the art of creating suspense within a short framework – not an easy discipline – and writes in a crisp, literary style that is absolutely perfect for the gothic tale. Her descriptions are a joy to read and her ability to create real, believable characters is superb. I found it very easy to suspend disbelief even when the premise was inherently unbelievable. The tales range from traditional gothic to modern psychological horror – all set in Britain. I may be biased, being British myself, but I think Britain lends itself to this genre. It is, after all, the homeland of M. R. James – Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, Mary Shelley – Frankenstein and Robert Louis Stevenson – The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
I enjoyed all of Rayne’s stories and would be hard put to pick a favourite, they were all so very good. This was the first book I have read by this author but it will certainly not be the last.
When Nick returned from a job interview and announced that he was leaving home, his family was shattered. His wife, Ria, after screaming and shouting...moreWhen Nick returned from a job interview and announced that he was leaving home, his family was shattered. His wife, Ria, after screaming and shouting for some time, gave up her job, tarted herself up and went looking for another man. His elder daughter, Cat, lost interest in trying to pass her exams and fell in with a very dubious crowd. His younger daughter, Tara, was devastated. She adored her father and couldn’t deal with the battleground her home had become. And Nick? Nick was in love – utterly, irrevocably – with the girl he had met when he went for the interview. They were blissfully happy – until something unspeakable happened!
This is the second book I’ve read by Terry Tyler. I was hooked after the first one. Every so often you come across an author who has got everything right. Beautiful, accurate writing; wonderful, living characters – people you really care about; and a plot that holds you to the very end. I won’t tell you what happens in this book because I don’t want to spoil it for you, but it made me cry. It made me cry in the dentist’s waiting room, actually. I could neither stop crying, nor put the book down, so I carried on, wiping my eyes with a tissue. I can’t remember the last time a book made me feel like that. Probably Kate Atkinson’s Case Histories. I have kept that book and read it over and over. I shall do the same with this one. Please keep writing, Terry. I have to feed my habit. (less)
Kate Roberts and Drew Kelly are in love. The only difficulty is Drew lives in the early 20th century and Kate lives in the 21st. You wouldn’t believe...moreKate Roberts and Drew Kelly are in love. The only difficulty is Drew lives in the early 20th century and Kate lives in the 21st. You wouldn’t believe how many problems that can cause.
In the exciting sequel to ‘Waiting for Dusk’, Kate finds out a great deal more about her family and how they move between past and present. Despite the knowledge of how dangerous tinkering with the past can be, Kate’s father goes back to try to right a family tragedy. Worse still, her friend Carl also goes back and threatens to change the course of history. Will this interference mean that Kate will never be born? And, if so, what will happen to her 21st century self?
I’m not, as a rule, over-enamoured with sequels. Very often they lack the immediacy and power of the original. But Nancy Pennick pulls it off with this story. I thought it was just as enjoyable as ‘Waiting for Dusk’. The interplay between the 20th century and the 21st century characters is fascinating as each has to adjust to the other’s very different culture. We even have the dichotomy of one of the characters being alive in both centuries at the same time – a young girl in the 1920s and a very old lady in the early 21st century.
Ms Pennick’s writing style is uncluttered and very readable. I would recommend this series for anyone who enjoys something a little more interesting than run-of-the-mill romance. (less)