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Dead Relatives by Lucie McKnight Hardy
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A selection of compulsively readable tales, laced with unsettling details, where the true horror only comes into the light in the final page. There are recurring themes - the stories are bookended by mysterious hollows in trees, birds of different sorts make multiple appearances, and there’s enough flesh-eating to turn the most ardent carnivore vegetarian - but without turning the stories monotonous.

In fact, the variety is a real strength of the collection. We range from an adoption facility (spoiler: all’s not what it seems) in the 1950s to a modern-day dystopia to holidays in Italy and Lanzarote.

Particular favourites were the dark humour of The Pickling Jar, the menace of Jutland, and the near-cyberpunk of Wretched.

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Reading Progress

November 23, 2021 – Started Reading
November 23, 2021 – Shelved
November 28, 2021 – Finished Reading

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