Title: Dark Fates: Madness
Author: Lynn Thompson
Genre: Horror/Paranormal/Short Story
Review: This series of short stories by Lynn Thompson is not as fast paced as the previous series I read but the stories are longer. But I was slightly disappointed there was less of them. She continues with the paranormal theme although these stories are less scary and more paranormal psychological thriller type stories.
The first story One Way Ticket is a bit slow but has an interesting premise. Tyra is a physic and makes money from it, but she can’t escape the energy/ghost of her former lover, who she only refers to as ‘’he’ or ‘him’.
Throughout all this she is extremely confused as she thought he had moved on, he had a new lover and he would have no further need for her, but for some unknown reason he has re-invaded her life and she wants him to stop. From Tyra’s descriptions alone I’m not really sure how to feel about him, in some ways he can be seen as controlling, in others loving, and Tyra feels this same sense of unease and doubt especially when thinking about him. She is also becoming unsure of her gift although it is the way she earns her living.
Tyra’s emotions are constantly up in the air all the time and it’s frustrating as I feel the same. One minute she sad, then angry, then afraid we never know what direction she is going in next.
Tyra is beginning to show physical symptoms of having his energy around her, like feeling she is suffocating when she is travelling beyond his reach, he has her mental trapped without actually having to be physically present, but this play to Thompson’s paranormal and psychological themes.
The ending of the story was unexpected but to some it could be seen as predictable. The first story in this collection was slightly disappointing as it could have been shorter but the content was good and the characters likable, but not the best story by Lynn Thompson.
The second story in the collection; Teen Spirit is a lot closer to the first collection in style. But this one is my favourite as it can resonate with a lot of people. It is about teen suicide which is a major problem in today’s society.
As Jade’s spirit wanders around at her wake, she hears and sees the reactions of the people she left behind. It turns out she was part of a suicide pact (which again isn’t uncommon) but by twists of fate the other 3 teenagers didn’t die, Kevin’s OD (overdose) didn’t work as his father replaced his mom’s pills with placebos and Joe’s slashing didn’t work as his brother found him in time and he managed to miss every major organ, and Shelly planned to shoot herself but she couldn’t leave her brother behind for her father to beat to death.
And through this they think Jade would understand when she is actually screaming at them calling them cowards because they were meant to be there with her to keep her company. She holds them responsible as hearing their problems day in day out convinced her to do something she didn’t really want to do and because of that she is alone.
I loved the story was so matter of fact and straight to the point. This is my favourite and the best story in this collection.
The final story makes it clear that the first story kind of sticks out as the remaining 3 tie in together really well. Personally I feel if the first story was removed this collection would be a full 5*’s instead of a 4.
This collection despite the slow start in the first story was again absolutely amazing. Theirs is no doubt in my mind that if Lynn Thompson writes a full length novel I will read it, especially if she takes Teen Spirits or Calla Crossing and makes it a full length novel. There are many novels relating to these genres like Jasmine Warga’s My Heart and other black holes and Lynn Thompson could easily fight for the top spot here as her stories are so believable and I strongly urge everyone to go out and read these stories.
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Also see: Blake by Lynn Thompson