3 out of 4 stars
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Life has a way of taking us through dark and dangerous moments that we never prepare for. When everything seems to be normal, a sinister force can flip our world over.
Tendrils in the Dark by Martin V. Parece II is a compilation of 8 horror stories filled with bizarre, grotesque, evil, and terrifying events. The eight short stories (and an additional untitled bonus story) in the book span across different times, geographical locations, and kinds of people. However, they have one thing in common — the main characters encounter evil spirits or monsters that endanger the people. As all adventure stories go, the protagonists have to find a way to defeat the evil and darkness confronting the people. You'll have to read these short stories to know whether they'll eventually succeed or fail.
I enjoyed reading all the stories in this book. However, my favorite is the fourth, The Lady in Yellow, because it had the most depth, and it employed offhand humor that made it more interesting to read. I also liked how it ended, leaving the reader to speculate on what the main character's final decision would be.
What I liked most about the book was that the stories were suspenseful. The fact that I could not predict what would happen next made it a page-turner for me. I was so curious to know the next line of action that I almost thought some stories were abrupt.
The writing style is appealing to me because it's very descriptive. The author made his scenes as realistic as possible by adding many details without deviating from the stories' focal point. The narrative technique makes it easier to follow the stories as it's not stilted or uncomfortable; it flowed freely. It is usually challenging to write short stories because authors have to fit many background details and backstory into a few paragraphs. However, the author manages to do this without cutting out essential information.
Despite the brevity of the stories, the book was riddled with errors. It got me a little distracted while reading the book — I had to take the time to figure out what the corrections should be. This was the only thing I disliked about this book.
Overall, I wouldn't explain why I enjoyed spending a few hours getting horrified, scared, and exasperated, but I did. I'd rate this book 3 out of 4 stars, and I'd recommend it to any horror story aficionado. The profanities used in this book are up to a level where parental guidance would be required for readers who are 13 years and below.
Tendrils in the Dark
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