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Reviewed by Nino Lobiladze for Readers' Favorite
Everyone Dies: A Collection of Dark Tales by Jean Davis is a compelling collection of twelve short stories for mature fans of horror, science fiction, fantasy, dystopia, and short prose. A family goes on vacation to see a meteor shower, but their trip turns into a nightmare. An old farm filled with precious antiques goes on sale. Those behind the sale have ambitious but dangerous plans for the unique property. Sometimes, a therapy session is not what it seems, even if your therapist has been highly recommended. Kevin made a huge mistake in hurting his girlfriend Vanessa, and the forces of nature have turned against him. Ashleigh endures her unsatisfying job to catch the streaming of the TV show Supernatural during working hours. Suddenly, she becomes a part of a dark ritual herself. Our planet faces an alien invasion, but the problem for the uninvited guests is that they can't stand water.
In Everyone Dies, Jean Davis touches on a variety of topics related to the inevitability of death and features the author's wonderful dark humor. Jean's writing style is appealing. She narrates her stories from varying perspectives, such as a seven-year-old child who mourns the untimely death of her mother, or a friendly alien who comes to Earth to warn us about the imminent danger from space. Jean's multilayered character points of view are believable and interesting to follow. The strong themes of tyranny, social injustice, or the dangers of artificial intelligence give us food for thought. The Summoning was my favorite. Ashleigh, who loves to spend time on her phone while working, is likable. The author warns us that dark forces are always on high alert and that outsmarting them may be a bad idea. The ending of every tale was startling. Jean's beautiful illustrations highlight the main points.