Tuesday 12 March 2019

HANNAH-BEAST by Jennifer McMahon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second Dark Corners Collection story I've read, and the first by this author.

It's Halloween and Amanda's daughter dresses up as Hannah-Beast. An awful urban legend that's haunted the town since Amanda was a kid. She makes her daughter change, but the dark memories from her past aren't as easy to deal with.

Amanda knows all about the Hannah-Beast legend because she was there. She knew Hannah, and her stupidity and silence helped create a tragic turn of events that stained the town for years to come...

Wow. I really enjoyed this one! It's creepy, sets the tone for some bad shit to surface, and then delivers a shocking ending that wasn't a surprise but still hits you hard when you get there. It's dark, man.

You know how in all mean girl groups there's that one girl who is a little different? The one who actually has a heart and cares about more than just belonging to a group? But when it comes down to it, she swallows her pride and keeps quite? Yeah. That's Amanda. She was that girl, and because of her asshole friends an innocent young girl died. And was blamed for a crime she didn't commit.

This is why Amanda hates Halloween, but no matter how much she tries, October 31st arrives every year. It haunts her to the point of hallucinations, or maybe Hannah-Beast is really behind her. The way this story is written, it's not hard to believe both are happening.

I also liked how the present was balanced out by the events of 1982. I felt so bad for poor Hannah. Mean kids are the worst.

Now I'm looking forward to the other shorties in this series AND more books by this author.

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