Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆
Is it possible to fully know anyone? Even those we love the most? What tips someone over the edge to commit a crime?
For a Nebraska farmer, the turning point comes when his wife threatens to sell off the family homestead.
A cozy mystery writer plots a savage revenge after a brutal encounter with a stranger.
Dave Streeter gets the chance to cure himself from illness – if he agrees to impose misery on an old rival.
And Darcy Anderson discovers a box containing her husband’s dark and terrifying secrets – he’s not the man who keeps his nails short and collects coins. And now he’s heading home . . .
Full Dark, no Stars is a collection of four novellas. I believe most of them were already turned into movies. They are very atmospheric.
It’s the twenties and Will James has almost everything he dreamed about. His wife inherited quite a few acres from his father, which he plans to add to his farm to make it bigger. But his wife is determined to sell it and move to the city. And that’s just not in Will’s plans.
I liked this story, the narrator’s voice, the creepiness of it, the way everything goes to hell and how it’s not sure whether he’s crazy or haunted.
There had been a time not 20 years before, when a man in my position needn’t have worried; in those days, a man’s business was his own, especially if he happened to be a respected farmer: a fellow who paid his taxes, went to church on Sundays, supported the Hemingford Stars baseball team, and voted the straight Republican ticket. I think that in those days, all sorts of things happened on farms out in what we called ‘the middle’. Things that went unremarked, let alone reported. In those days, a man’s wife was considered a man’s business and if she disappeared, there was an end to it.
Everything seems normal for cozy mystery writer Tess. Just another speaking engagement. But on her way back she takes a shortcut. And that’s when she meets him. She survives and decides she will take her revenge.
I have to admit that I really like revenge stories.
Streeter’s life is going downhill fast. He only has a few more months to live. That’s when he encounters that strange vendor on the side of the streets. He offers him an extension – for a prize.
Now this one was truly terrifying. Because it’s not Streeter who pays the prize. It’s his best friend and what happens to him and keeps happening to him… it was really scary.
A Good Marriage
Darcy and Bob have a good marriage. They have a nice house, two grown-up kids doing well and they still like each other. Things are going well. At least, that’s what Darcy thinks. Until she discovers a secret stash in the garage belonging to her husband.
I liked this one. The secrets, the question hanging over her if her husband is really what she thinks he is and if so, what he’s going to do with her.
A collection of creepy mystery stories, perfect for a scary evening at home.