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“The Boathouse collects misfits. Strange solitary creatures that yearn for contact with the outside world, but not too much. They sit, glass in hand, either staring at the table in front of them, or at some distant point on the horizon.”

… so says the narrator of Our Beautiful Child. And he’s been around long enough to know.

People end up in this town almost by accident. El
Published June 10th 2014 by Battered Suitcase Press (first published June 9th 2014)
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Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Annalisa Crawford has managed to create another compelling collection of stories, all centered around one place - the mysterious Boathouse.

All three stories weave together beautifully, yet each one is unique.

What I love the most about this book is the feeling of slight creepiness that lingers after every story. Each one will have you shifting your eyes from left to right, checking for any unwelcome presence, just in case one of the more sinister characters has slipped out of the book and into
Nick Wilford
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Our Beautiful Child is a collection of three stories, each centring around the mysterious Boathouse pub and featuring a different female protagonist. There’s a sense of movement, that each of these women is passing through this small town in one way or another. What’s great about this collection is that each story can be enjoyed perfectly well on its own terms, but taken together they intertwine in ways you didn’t see coming. First, “Ella’s Story” addresses a question we might have all thought a ...more
J.S. Watts
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crawford has a way with short stories as evidenced by her prize in the 2015 Costa Short Story Award. In “Our Beautiful Child” she tells three interwoven stories, contemporary tales of life and death linked by place and, to a certain extent, time.

The character driven and initially stand alone stories are lyrically told and had me hooked, wanting to know more: to see how each story pans out and what happens to each individual character. At a more literary level, I loved the way the themes of the s
Liz Young
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Beautiful Child is a fascinating read about some unusual characters. The author delved deeply into their subconscious to draw three fully rounded, though troubled, people.
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
All three stories are written perfectly and packed with detail that is just amazing. Each ending was surprising to me and it made it all that better.

First is about Ella and the nightmares she had as a young girl. You would think it was a monster dream...but was it? Then what's with the aliens when she gets into teen years? There must be something hidden within these dreams, but just what could this all mean exactly? Later in her life Will comes along and her dreams continue to go on. The last f
Cathy Ryan
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
A collection of three fairly short character driven stories, supernatural and eerie, that centre around three women, a particular place and a pub named The Boathouse.

Ella: ‘It was a dream that woke me. The dream. The one I’ve had so often. Only this time there was an ending…oh, definitely there was an ending.’

Can dreams foretell the future and if so, is it possible to change the course of events.

Sally: ‘Murder. I shudder, feeling nauseous. That word…murder. It’s so menacing, so malicious. It’s s
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I suppose I could say that my new found favourite genre consists of the Supernatural (no, not blood sucking vampires or hot werewolves) but more of the spooky- day to day stuff like dreams or déjà vu- that freak me out more than anything!

Annalisa Crawford is, put simply, BRILLIANT! I finished the whole book in the matter of an hour. Her prose, the way she describes situations, characters, and what they feel is absolutely uncanny!

Our Beautiful Child is a collection of three stories centred around
Sharon l Aldcroft
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Julia survives an attempted suicide when she was a teenager - unfortunately her only friend dies.

On the day of Rachels funeral Julia is still in hospital and doesn't get to go. This is something she can't live down and can't let go of.

To get away from the guilt that hangs over her and her mother who is just too over protective, she likes to escape to her own little dream world.

That is until Adam comes along, he just arrives in the the office and her world is turned around. Slowly she begins t
Julie Flanders
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed all of Annalisa Crawford's works but this one is my favorite by far. The stories are all engaging and interesting on their own, but I wondered how they were all going to come together as I read. When it became clear in the end I felt a chill go up my spine at the same time the light bulb went off in my head. These are dark stories that manage to touching and heartbreaking at the same time. Crawford is an brilliantly talented writer and I look forward to reading whatever she comes ...more
Hannah Symonds
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Annalisa has managed to write a book centered around one place The Boathouse. Each story is unique interesting and also slight creepy. I don't normally read books that are in the horror genre but this made me thirsty for more, I really enjoyed the second book and the third just made me want to read more. The cover adds a certain mystery to the book as I could'nt work out what the book was about until I read the book. Very powerful story. Will be looking forward to Annalisa's next book and hope i ...more
Elizabeth Seckman
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Annalisa Crawford's crisp style and clever twists always make her stories a must read. The tales in "our Beautiful Child" are surprising and suspenseful, each story drawing me in more than the next. She definitely knows how to hold a reader on the edge of the seat and just when you think you can predict what's about to happen- you're wrong.

If you like smart literature that makes your brain fire, this is the read to get.
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The author has a crisp, clean, no-nonsense writing style. She delves deep into the heart, mind and soul of her characters. The reader is sucked into the stories, living each moment and experiencing each event alongside the characters.
Great suspense!
Medeia Sharif
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crawford writes amazing short stories. In this collection they have a surreal, dream-like quality because of the beautiful writing and masterful weaving of words. I liked how the three stories all tied into one setting, The Boathouse.
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Eh… Not sure what the hype is about for this one. It reminds me of telling ghost stories in third grade. Choppy writing as well.
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I live in beautiful Cornwall UK, with a good supply of beaches and moorland right on my doorstep to keep me inspired.

I write dark contemporary fiction with a hint of paranormal. These are mostly character-driven stories dealing with the confusion, deceit, surprise and joys of life. I am endlessly fascinated by the way people treat each other.

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