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The Attic Tragedy

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Sylvie never called them ghosts, but that’s what they were—not that George ever saw them herself. The new girl, Sylvie, is like a creature from another time, with her old-fashioned leather satchel, her white cotton gloves and her head in the clouds. George watches her drift around the edge of the school playing fields, guided by inaudible voices.

When George stands up for S
Kindle Edition, 66 pages
Published June 9th 2020 by Meerkat Shorts
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Beautifully written, this novella was a short and dark visit inside the mind of a young woman.

Georgina, (George), became friends with Sylvie in a rather dark antique shop. There, Sylvie shares a secret; she can tell where an object has been just by touching it. George though? George never shares her secret with Sylvie or anyone else, (at least not verbally). Why not? You'll have to read this to find out!

Right from the get-go, right from the opening line:"Sylvie never called them ghosts, but tha
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
When George stands up for Sylvie, beating back Tommy Payne and his gang of thugs, it brings her close to the ethereal stranger; though not as close as George would have liked. In the attic of Sylvie’s father’s antique shop, George’s scars will sing and her longing will drive them both toward a tragedy as veiled and inevitable as Sylvie’s whispering ghosts.
This is the first thing I've read from this author but will not be the last. This story is dark. The writing is so, so beautiful. I read thi
Karen (thefictioncorner)
In the beginning, The Attic Tragedy seemed like if would be about ghosts and the supernatural, but as the story progressed, I realized the it was more about George’s depressions and unrequited love for Sylvie. This was definitely not a feel-good type of story. It was dark and poignant, but also deep and beautifully written.

I felt like there was a lot more that could’ve been done with a story. This could’ve honestly been more of a full-fledged novel if there was more of an explanation on what th
Tara Jennings
This book is exactly what is said in the title, to be about tragedy. George’s unrequited love for Sylvie tugs at the heartstrings and is such a gut wrenching story to read and feel like you can relate to those middle school days of heartbreak. This story thought to be a creepy haunted ghost story was definitely not a traditional type story about ghosts. Tragedy, loss, and depression are all elements to bring this story into an existence of feeling like the past lives on throughout our lives in a ...more
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
How could you sum up a life – a whole life – with just a few words? How could you even try?

There’s a new girl in town, Sylvie, and she is not like everyone else. George (Georgina) watches her around the school, fascinated… After an unfortunate incident they become friends. But George wants more than the friendship Sylvie can offer.
In the attic of Sylvie’s father’s antique shop, between the ghosts and hidden gems of other people’s previous lives, their friendship grows. But will that be enough…

Natasha Van Duser
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Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, ya, ebook, earc
If there's one thing that lived up to the expectations I had of this book, it's the tragedy bit that's in the title. The promised ghosts ghosted me like pros and barely had any bearing to the story. Which is, I must say, a bit disappointing. Okay, I lied, veeeery disappointing. 

The tale is of George's sad - no, depressing - teenage years and the unrequited love she bore for Sylvie, the new kid in town. George is an outcast, teased for her weight and for her sexuality. Sylvie is eccentric but kin
Apr 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Not sure how to describe this story. It was an interesting and quick read; trying to find out what will happen kept me turning the pages.

The MC, George, is struggling with depression. There's hardly any character development for George, which I suspect is on purpose.

Definitely a tragic tale of the dark within us.

Not sure whom to recommend this to, though.
Linda Hepworth
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Sylvie never called them ghosts, but that’s what they were” … from this opening sentence, I felt immediately drawn into this story, intrigued to discover how this apparently supernatural element would influence the story-telling. However, it quickly became clear that this was to be no traditional “ghost” story rather, it would explore how we are all shaped by our past experiences and losses, and how these continue to “whisper” to us throughout our lives. Through his exquisitely drawn characters ...more
Missy (myweereads)
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
| The Attic Tragedy - Book Sixty Six |

“The wound forever open: the wound that never heals because it is not of the body.”

The Attic Tragedy by J. Ashley-Smith is about a girl called Sylvie, she never called them ghosts, but that’s what they were—not that George ever saw them herself. The new girl, Sylvie, is like a creature from another time, with her old-fashioned leather satchel, her white cotton gloves and her head in the clouds. George watches her drift around the edge of the school playing f
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Sylvie has a strange gift. Whenever she touches an object, she feels its past, its story. Its ghosts, though she never calls them that. And, when she enters George’s life, everything changes. George doesn’t feel like she belongs in her body and that made her a target for bullies. When Sylvie rescues him, the connection between them blooms. But time passes, life changes and Sylvie starts to see her gift as a problem. A rift starts to open between Sylvie and George… and all the shadows start to su ...more
Rebecca Mello
Disclaimer: I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Sylvie is the new girl in town and she is unlike anyone George has ever met. One day while working in the school library George sees Sylvie get in trouble with Tommy Payne and his gang. She runs out and defends Sylvie against the boys cementing their new found friendship. They grow closer, though not as close as George would like, in the attic of the antique shop Sylvie's father owns. Sylvie has an unique gift, when she tou
May 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novella, netgalley

I have mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, I enjoyed Ashley-Smith's concise and poignant writing style. On the other hand, I found the story depressing and sad. This, obviously, isn't a flaw, just something I wasn't expecting while starting it. The tile doesn't lie. It is a tragedy.

It has a supernatural feel and elements but whether they actually occur or not remains debatable.

All told, The Attic Tragedy is a well-written and disturbing novelette that tackles, subtly, themes of
Alice Fleury
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As this short story moves forward, the reader realizes how sad George is and how much she doesn't like herself. The movement of time is done well, from kids in school to adulthood. There is a supernatural feel, but in the end it's George's story of unrequited love and a feeling of never being good enough.

Heart wrenching and beautiful. A short story I received from net galley.
What do I say about this book? It's a tragedy, that's for sure. George is a character that I won't forget easy. She went to so much in this very short book. I wanted to give her a hug. However, I do think that she kind of overreacted at the end. I understand her feelings, but she did went overboard in my opinion. Its fast paced, which I can appreciate. You'll finish it in one sitting. It also covers quite a couple of important topics, which I find impressive for such a short book. I do recommend ...more
Angela Maher
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is poignant and beautifully written. A tale of identities found and lost, of emotion, inlaid with a delicious hint of something otherworldly.
I wouldn't call this a feel-good book, and there are certainly scenes that will be triggers for people, but this is a little gem of dark toned prose.
Eugen Bacon
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The depth and sensitivity of this dark story, coupled with beautiful, poignant prose, enrich this novelette into something mesmeric.
Jill Elizabeth
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a marvelous tale, dark and twisty and brutally honest in its exploration of the pain of self-exploration and self-hatred... Ashley-Smith has a brilliant lyrical writing style; every word feels carefully and sparingly selected to maximum effect, and believe me - the promise of that effect is delivered in spades. This is a deceptively small book that contains multitudes. (Likewise, my review - it's tough to say too much without running the risk of affecting the reading experience of other ...more
Spaka Eon
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written story! George and his scars, Sylvie and her ghosts reminded me once again acceptance and loving yourself are so important.
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A hard sad read

The Attic Tragedy captures the essence of what it is like to be labeled different and abnormal. The constant bullying just for being true to yourself and the dangerous means you might take to ease the pain.
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J. Ashley- Smith's short novella, The Attic Tragedy, plays out like a dire, yet beautiful melody that packs quite the punch.

When I first picked up this novella, I thought it would be a tale about ghosts, but as I kept reading I realized the actual haunting came in a different way.

The Attic Tragedy is the tale of a depressed young woman; that can't seem to let go of the past. Her entire life is filled with dread, pain and self-doubt. Even after she finally found the one person she thought unders
Sylvie is new to the school. Her old-school clothes and head in the clouds demeanor make her an easy target for boys like Tommy Payne and his gang. George knows what Tommy will do to a girl like Sylvie. When George intervenes on Tommy's attack of Sylvie the pair become fast friends. Sylvie accepts George with all her quirks and faults. George accepts Sylvie's strange gift of knowing the background of the antiques at her father's shop with a simple touch. As life moves on, Sylvie goes to Universi ...more
Matthew Davis
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sensitive, unpredictable tale of longing and loss, situated at that liminal juncture where the mundane meets the miraculous.
Eszter Szika
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
A really well-written short fantasy book about two young girls, who lost themselves in the circumstances. George, who had a sad life since the beginning and Sylvie, who had an ability to see ghosts which changed her life forever. Even though it’s a very sad short story, i enjoyed reading it.
Pamela King
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I do not usually go out of my way to read dark fiction but I must confess The Attic Tragedy had me not wanting to put the book down.

This story is a tragedy, yet it opens the readers eyes to topics we may not deal with in our day to day lives. Potential readers should be warned some of the topics it covers are rape, self-harm, school bullying, depression, rape, lesbianism, and suicide. There is also mention of drugs and assault. That sounds heavy and it is, but the author has written the story in
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Sometimes, when I read things written by British or Aussie writers, I feel the story suffers from my lack of knowledge of slang and terminology. It made The Attic Tragedy more beautiful and served its sucker-punches more viciously.

George is dealing with all the things that make adolescence hell: school, the primary devil, and a budding crush with a fellow outcast, Sylvie, a particular demon. Sylvie makes it all worth it though with her gentle whimsy and accepting soul--it doesn't hurt that Sylvi
Kitty Pollock
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Attic Tragedy by J. Ashley-Smith
Genre: Horror and Sci-fi & Fantasy
Publisher: Meerkat Press, LLC
Publish Date: 9 June 2020

Star Rating: 4/5

This book is a short story but packed to the brim with content; I ended up at the end being surprised by just how much was in it. The story centers around Sylvie and George, Sylvie is the new girl and George is smitten. It is difficult to go further into the story without giving out spoilers but it has to be noted that there is a lot of heavy and trigger iss
Nicole Amburgey
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

Review to come!
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The moment George spots Sylvie at school she know Sylvie is special. Different, like George, but special. Sylvie can pick up any object in her father's antique shop and tell the story of it's previous owner. These object life histories fascinate George, and sometimes leave Sylvie with tears in her eyes.. When Sylvie meets loud, over-confident and pretentious Dane at college he declares that he doesn't like that this gift makes her sad. Sylvie begins to become less like Sylvie. George is angered ...more
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it

Overall, I enjoyed this book. The story was very interesting, although not as frightening as I thought it was going to be. The writing was really good and descriptive, which I loved. The only thing I would warn against is a graphic self-harm scene at the, which was very difficult to read.
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J. Ashley-Smith is a British–Australian writer of dark fiction and other materials.

J.’s short stories have twice won national competitions and been shortlisted six times for Aurealis Awards, winning both Best Horror (Old Growth, 2017) and Best Fantasy (The Further Shore, 2018).

J. lives with his wife and two sons in the suburbs of North Canberra, gathering moth dust, tormented by the desolation of

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