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[Review] Things We Lost In The Fire by Mariana Enriquez

Mariana Enriquez

Title: Things We Lost In The Fire

Series: No

Author: Mariana Enriquez

Publisher: Hogarth Press

Published Date: February 1st, 2017

Genre: Short Stories, Horror

 Format: Hardback

Pages: 208

                      Rating: 4 Stars

I received this novel for free in exchange for an honest review from Blogging for Books. This in no way influences my opinions. They are my own.

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Synopsis (From Goodreads)

An arresting collection of short stories, reminiscent of Shirley Jackson and Julio Cortazar, by an exciting new international talent.

Macabre, disturbing and exhilarating, Things We Lost in the Fire is a collection of twelve short stories that use fear and horror to explore multiple dimensions of life in contemporary Argentina. From women who set themselves on fire in protest of domestic violence to angst-ridden teenage girls, friends until death do they part, to street kids and social workers, young women bored of their husbands or boyfriends, to a nine-year-old serial killer of babies and a girl who pulls out her nails and eyelids in the classroom, to hikikomori, abandoned houses, black magic, northern Argentinean superstition, disappearances, crushes, heartbreak, regret and compassion. This is a strange, surreal and unforgettable collection by an astonishing new talent asking vital questions of the world as we know it.

My Review

Things We Lost in the Fire was a brutal awakening. I hate to think these stories in any way have a basis in reality, but I am pretty sure they do. It is a cruel reminder that the world can be awful, full of awful people and awful situations.

Mariana Enriquez has produced a sorrowful, enraging, and entirely macabre set of short stories that has taken me through the gamut of every dark emotion conceivable. At times depressed and other times completely ill, however there was one consistency to the reading experience, I couldn’t put it down; like a train wreck.

From admiring serial killers, to severe depression, and angst-ridden teens and woman who set themselves on fire, each story has a devastating and darkly twisted setting. The stories even end with little hope to be found. What I love the most about this set of short stories is that there was no gratuitous violence and horror. Everything had a purpose and a place allowing it flow wonderfully and make sense.

It was a strange, twisted, and unforgettable literary journey. I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next!

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