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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite
Skeleton Dance is a short realistic story written by C. Jai Ferry. Her grandmother was trying to kill her, she knew it for a fact. There was never a question in her mind about it. Since that first afternoon after her mother's death things had changed; she had a new guardian now, one whose sole purpose was to find a way to make her life miserable. She remembered that fateful day well. Her mother had dropped her off at school, but this tyrant had picked her up, the toothless, crooked hag who relished in causing her misery. She wasn't even allowed to cry for the death of her mother, but she certainly suffered for it, from small digs and spiteful actions to things more horrific in nature. She had wanted to be a ballerina for Halloween, but her grandmother had other ideas.
A short and harrowing story about a young girl forced to endure the horrors of a psychologically abusive guardian. This story had me grimacing, hating the old woman whose sole pleasure in life seemed to be the torture of her grandchild. It sets all too gruesome a scene, written in first person as a tale of suffering. You can feel the girl's hatred for her guardian roiling from each page, and you will be hard pushed not to reflect the feelings. C. Jai Ferry spares no lack of detail; you can see yourself as the girl, suffering alongside her. Dark and horrific, Skeleton Dance will tug at your heartstrings right until the final conclusion.