Friday 6 January 2017

A HUMAN STAIN by Kelly Robson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I heard about this story on Twitter, and I was instantly intrigued. I mean, who doesn't want to read a gothic horror story featuring a lesbian character and a remote castle? Besides, check out the creepy cover.

So I headed over to the Tor website today and read it.

Helen is a British woman who was living in Paris and is hired by a friend to teach his orphaned nephew how to speak English. They travel to a very remote castle/house in Germany, and Helen likes it instantly. She doesn't have plans to stick around for long, but she feels sorry for the boy and finds the nursemaid appealing. Helen likes to smoke and drink and flirt, so she does all of this here. But when her friend has to leave, she becomes obsessed with the crypt...

Yikes! Talk about starting nice and easy, pleasant even, before being plunged into Ewwww! town. LOL. But seriously, this is a great and horrific story that lays out all the questions, throws in some clues, and then everything hits you at once! That ending is a killer.

You seriously have to read this. It's actually available for free at Tor.com: http://www.tor.com/2017/01/04/a-human...

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