Wednesday 29 March 2023

IT DOESN'T GO AWAY by Wendy Dalrymple


It Doesn't Go AwayIt Doesn't Go Away by Wendy Dalrymple
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Today's novella pick was another fantastic story! And I'm not surprised, because I loved Wendy's White Ibis.

'Barb' has decided to hike the Appalachian Trail by herself. This isn't her real name but she doesn't want anyone to know who she is, so this becomes her trail name. Something awful happened several months ago and she feels that this might be the best way to purge all the horrible memories and move on. But when she finds herself in one strange situation after another, she wonders if danger is the only thing that lurks in the darkness...

Wow. This is one tense psychological horror, with the sense of dread lurking around every corner. Sometimes it's hard to know if what she's seeing is actually happening, but that's what makes this story SO terrifying.

The main character has gone through a lot of trauma during her life, things she's decided to bury deep inside her mind. But trauma is one of the ghosts that haunts the hardest.

I loved how well the location played into Barb's descent into darkness. How the lush atmosphere and isolation dragged me into this incredible tale so fast that I read the whole thing in one sitting.

Yeah, this is a fantastic read. And super creepy because nothing is scarier than our own minds. Loved it! 🍄

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