Danse Macabre by Laura M Hughes
I came across this novelette completely by chance after the author kindly giving it away for a limited period on twitter. A free book? How could I resist?
I'm so glad I saw that tweet as this little story was simply exquisite, a real treat to read from beginning to end.It is deeply atmospheric despite having an unknown setting and as the title says, it is truly macabre. I have to admit it took me a while to figure out what was going on but I didn't mind being led down the rabbit hole as I was too busy enjoying the ride.
The tale centres around a young child who's innocence is in start contrast with Him, and that's all I can say. I don't really want to delve too deeply in the plot and risk spoilers for those who haven't read the story. It is a really well crafted and thought out story which offers something really different. Each word earns it place in this tale and I love all the really clever clues scattered around. Once I had finished reading this, I began to read it again. Even once finished I couldn't put it down. It was on the second read that I saw how clever it was!
This is the perfect reading for those dull periods when you find yourself in between books. I really hope that we'll see more great works from Laura.M.Hughes in the not too distant future.
About the Author
(Bio taken from author's website - http://lauramhughes.com/