Sunday 3 March 2019


The Sleep Tight Motel (Dark Corners Collection)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I found out I could borrow the Dark Corners Collection because we have Amazon Prime, I grabbed this short stories first.

Eve is on the run. She has a stolen ID, a gun, a few bags and a crappy Mustang. She's also trying to outrun her abusive and violent boyfriend.

When she stumbles upon a quiet motel and meets Drew, the kind and helpful manager, she decides to stay the night. But the sounds of violence coming from the empty room next to hers keeps her up, and her car won't start, but she has to keep running before Erik finds her...

Wow. This was quite a story! It's not very long. I read it in one sitting, and I think that's the best way to read this. The way everything unfolds, how the tension builds, the way time isn't linear, and the big reveal at the end are best experienced all at once.

I loved how well this story was written, how clever it was. I really liked Eve. Even though it was clear she was hiding plenty from the very beginning, I saw her as the victim all the way through. She was a sad testament in how easily it can be for someone--especially women--to get caught in a predator's web. To allow him completely into her life even though she'd seen the warning signs too many times.

It was heartbreaking, and eerie. The setting was perfect, suited the atmosphere and when everything becomes apparent, all the clues snap into place. Of course they do!

I loved this. Such a beautiful but sad story of broken trust and toxic love.

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