Things We Lost in the Fire – Mariana Enriquez
Book Review: 4 out of 5 star rating
These 12 short stories are all set in Argentina. Be warned – these stories often involve violence, sometimes towards children, and are often quite grotesque. But if you enjoy stories that leave you off balance and that are completely unique and unpredictable, then you’ll like this collection. The stories are very well written and are quite chilling. The first story, “The Dirty Kid”, literally made the hair on my arms stand up.
What I liked most about these stories was that she left many of the endings up to your imagination. Of course, you knew where she was heading with her tales and our imaginations don’t have to go too far in order to envision what happened. I think this made the stories seem more realistic. The world of Mariana Enriquez is a dark, violent one and I’m very glad I only visited it through her stories. And since it’s only through her stories, I’m hoping that more of her work will be translated to English. She’s a very talented author and has created a fictitious Argentinian world that highlights both its beauty and poverty and the hauntings left there by some of its tragic history.
Recommended to those who enjoy dark horror.
This book was given to me by the publisher through Blogging for Books in return for an honest review.