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Reviewed by Nino Lobiladze for Readers' Favorite
An old, handmade clock for a school project challenges the bonds between a mother and her daughter. A sixteen-year-old named Leon has lost his mother and can't get along with his grieving father, but someone is watching over him. A satnav has its own opinion on the lost vehicle's destination. A broken mirror teases Kelly with long-gone memories. Michael returns to his childhood home, which he believes is haunted by ghosts. The Clock in My Mother's House and Other Stories by Annalisa Crawford is a collection of ten short stories for fans of literary fiction and short prose with a paranormal twist.
Annalisa Crawford tells us that nothing is eternal and everything eventually comes to an end, even if it is a hotel of historical significance in "One Minute Silence." The author explores the depths of human relationships, focusing on the relationships between parents and their children. "The Fear of Ghosts" is a gripping story about the influence of heredity on human fate. In "All the Magpies Come Out to Play," the author speaks about the necessity of showing kindness toward those around us despite the circumstances. Annalisa deepens this theme in "Adventures in My Own Back Garden," a moving story of an unexpected friendship between two neighbors. This short story collection offers a range of well-developed characters, like old Hester in "The Woman in the Van." The author's beautiful writing style reminded me of the captivating prose of Virginia Woolf. Overall, The Clock in My Mother's House and Other Stories proudly continues the tradition of great British literature.