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Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite
Rachel McGrath's Dark & Twisty: A Twisted Anthology is a collection of sixteen short stories. Each story relates to the theme chosen for its title - for example, Torment, Obsession, Hunted, Fear, Retribution. The stories deal with relationships, human emotions, and situations people may encounter in life. They all have rather clever surprise twists of an ending, and are not what the reader initially thinks they are about. A murder is about to be committed, a man is about to jump to his death, a plane is about to crash...or is something else really going on?
Rachel McGrath is a good short story teller and her collection makes delightful light reading. I love the brilliant endings in each one. The author builds tension and apprehension at the start of the stories, leaving the reader in expectation of a traumatic conclusion. The stories are then cleverly twisted around into alternative and equally satisfying conclusions. This makes each story in the Dark & Twisty collection wonderfully unpredictable.
My two favorites are Obsession and Malice - both great examples of this author's ability to keep the reader hooked to the very end. I liked the assortment of characters and the chosen themes, and the fact that while the stories are entertaining, many do touch on some of life's more serious situations. The author has written the book to raise funds for a charity she supports: Worldwide Cancer Research. This little book is ideal for that purpose, as well as being a worthy addition to any short story lover's collection.