Thursday, May 11, 2017

Things We Lost in the Fire // A Blogging for Books Review

Things We Lost in the Fire is a collection of short stories written by Mariana Enriquez. These stories are dark and macabre, and while all of these stories have a touch of the supernatural, the inclusion of of unreality served to illuminate the truth in the stories. My favorite story from the collection was No Flesh Over Our Bones. Read on a dark night, it had just the right amount of eeriness to make me look twice at every stray noise in my apartment.

Scary stories aren't normally the type of stories that I typically choose, but the stories in Things We Lost in the Fire were right up my alley as they didn't lose themselves in the occult and didn't seem too far from reality. While the stories included aspects of paranormal plots, the overall themes of the stories had a basis in real life, and the suspenseful writing was chilling because it wasn't trying too hard to be scary. Books that try to hard to be frightening are usually just the opposite, but this collection of stories took the time to play with the emotions associated with being scared. This subtlety was unnerving, and I would love to pass this book on to a friend who has a fascination with dark stories because this book is just that--dark.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.