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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
Anna Darko’s For Pete’s Sake is one of those short stories that make you question the world around you after reading it. The thump that you heard has more meaning than it did before you read it; the hackles rise when maybe they wouldn’t have earlier. There has always been something about airports and airplanes that has an extra fearful factor when you bring in the sense of uneasiness. Throughout the pages of For Pete’s Sake, there is an underlying uneasiness all the way through. Even when some things are brought to the light of day, you get the idea that it isn’t the ultimately full picture. The easygoing conversation between passengers is like a comforting blanket; it feels like nothing bad could possibly happen.
For Pete’s Sake by Anna Darko is a story that comes across as likely and believable and its setting conjures up unsettling scenes from the Twilight Zone: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, and of other real-life tragic events that will never quite escape the psyche. All this blurs and blends the emotions of the person reading For Pete’s Sake, to the point that we don’t know which way is up or down. That is at the very heart of what a fiction writer is and does; they blur and twist reality into fiction and then our minds are left in a half-world that we slowly must ease our way out of so that we don’t become lost in it.