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  • A little bit of horror, a little bit of Krampus

    Lucky Girl by M. Rickert is a wonderful short story that I wish was turned into a novel. If more time had been spent on character development I would be raving about this story from the top of a gothic mansion! I could also see this making a fantastic movie. There were a couple of flashbacks when Ro thinks back to what led to her family being killed and her house being burnt to the ground, which were needed for the story and did help to develop Ro a bit, but at the same time they felt a bit disjointed. Not that it’s necessarily a bad thing since what can make a horror story very unnerving is when there is a bit of instability to the story or unanswered questions. And the unanswered questions part do lend to giving Lucky Girl a deeper horror vibe, but once again if it had been a longer story/novel, I think I would have enjoyed it more. None of the unanswered questions really left me with a sense of unease, which I really enjoy when horror is done really well. If you’re looking for a short story that has some really interesting ideas, touches very briefly on Krampus, and has a perfect horror ending, then grab yourself a copy of Lucky Girl.

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  • Spooky and scary

    I'm not sure 'like' is a term that can be used for this book. It's unsettling and disquieting and made me nervous. The main character, Roanoke (Ro) is a struggling author who invites five people she met at a diner on a snowy day to have Christmas dinner together, where they tell ghost stories and exchange gifts that must have been stolen. One of the stories told was about a Krampus, which I had never heard of. I looked it up and it is supposed to be a horned creature who punishes children on Christmas night who have been bad. The Krampus in this book was considerably worse. And it was not the only monster ... Years later, when Ro has had some success as a writer, they plan another Christmas dinner where once more they exchange stolen gifts and tell their stories. This is a great book for horror fans. Some books you read and forget - this is not one of them. I received an advance reader copy of this book from publisher Tor via NetGalley. It was my pleasure to read and review this book.

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