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In Dissolution, Stuart Granville is a would-be medical student from the South who's been expelled for drinking and believes he's heading north to Hyde Park, New York to tutor twin girls. Instead, he discovers that his charges, Abby and Eleanor, have never been to school of any kind. They are also Siamese twins and their father, a doctor with grandiose dreams, means to sepa ...more
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Published December 17th 2010 by Shadowfall Publications
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Lou
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Dissolution Review
The Horror Writers Association generally know a good novel the nominees and winners of Bram Stoker awards have nearly always proven to live up to their awards. Lisa Mannetti's name has been up there in their awards and her work has been long overdue for a read, and oh boy can she write a chilling, shocking, eerie tale of horror. Think of those movies like Exorcist, The Shinning and Psycho and then you have the right feel of the story you will be reading in this story Dissolutio
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Jason
Aug 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Dissolution 

1.5 Stars

This, being my second foray into the nightmarish worlds created by Mannetti, i had high expectations for a great ride. This novella however, simply did not work for me. There are too many similarities between this story and Mannetti's great novel The Gentling Box to keep your interest. Where the full length novel worked, and was truly a great read, this short story does not. Her stories take their life from their settings, from their backstories, and from their time periods.
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Shane Douglas Douglas
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Every now and then I’ll read a book that is so freaky good I’m almost too intimidated to review it. Lisa Mannetti’s DEATHWATCH is a prime example of this. It’s so well written I find myself wondering what I might have to say that will do it the justice it deserves. I started reading it at 1:00 AM on a sleepless night and didn’t end up sleeping–or doing anything else–for the rest of the night. From the first word of the Bram Stoker Nominated novella “Dissolution” to the last word of the Author’s ...more
Chris McMillan
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish this site offered half-star ratings, as I wanted to rate it a bit higher. This collection of two novellas is well written and very engaging, but the opening tale just didn't work for me.

Dissolution follows a disgraced medical student in the late 1800s traveling to an isolated home under the pretense of being a tutor twin girls. Instead, he becomes involved in a medical procedure, performed by the girl's father, to separated the two, who are conjoined at the hip. Unfortunately, a supernatu
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Stephanie
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I found both novellas in this book to be well-written with purposefully-developed characters and intriguing storylines. The style of writing kept everything smooth and comfortable to read without any awkward lapses in pace or voice. I think that both stories are so multidimensional that any reader would feel a bit of trepidation about all of the “ends” being tied by the end. (They are and are not. It might all depend on your own interpretation as a reader.) Beyond that, I'm electing to review t
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Bill
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an engrossing and beautifully written collection this is! Consisting of two exceptional novellas, Dissolution and The Sheila Na Gig , it grabs you from the fist few pages and never lets go.

In the first selection, Stuart Granville, a young medical student who has been tossed out of school for drinking, is hired by a reclusive doctor, supposedly as a tutor for his two young daughters. Once he arrives at his destination in Hyde Park, however, he discovers the truth about the girls, thei
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D. Ward
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Every so often, a novel or novella comes along that just gets me excited about horror again. Not that there aren't tons of great and innovative things going on by talented authors but Mannetti's DEATHWATCH and particularly the opening novella, Dissolution really struck a chord with me. I found it phenomenal and I suspect it will be lingering with me for a good while.
Both beautiful and disturbing, terrifying and gripping, the two novellas in DEATHWATCH, Dissolution and The Sheila Na Gig pair wel
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Jo Anne B
Aug 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
I loved Lisa Mannetti's The Gentling Box but I had to stop reading this one. It is very similar to The Gentling Box in that a guy lusts after a woman that isn't whom she appears to be. The lines between hallucinations and reality are once again blurred. However, I was disgusted and couldn't continue to read about an adult male having sex with a 13 yr old girl and describing her body in sexual ways. It seemed like child porn or pedophilia and illegal. Gross! ...more
Michael
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I rarely give 5 stars to something I've read. It simply has to blow me away, and Lisa Mannetti succeeded in doing just that. Dissolution is a warped tale similar in fashion to The Turn of the Screw and Saki's The Open Window, only darker and more twisted. The Sheila Na Gig is a heart-breaking tale, no less dark, rooted in Irish folk lore. Both of these tales will haunt you for a long time. ...more
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Lisa Mannetti’s debut novel, The Gentling Box, garnered a Bram Stoker Award and she has since been nominated four times for the prominent award in both the short and long fiction categories: Her story, “Everybody Wins,” was made into a short film and her novella, “Dissolution,” will soon be a feature-length film directed by Paul Leyden. Recent short stories include, “Esmeralda’s Stocking” in Never ...more

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