Review: Lucky Girl, How I Became a Horror Writer by M. Rickert

56300737._sy475_I don’t always read horror, but occasionally, one crosses my path that sounds like it would be very interesting, as this one did. Plus it’s a novella, and so I could fit it right in between other books!

So, thanks to the author, as well as Tordotcom for the review copy!

Ro, a struggling writer, knows all too well the pain and solitude that holiday festivities can awaken. When she meets four people at the local diner—all of them strangers and as lonely as Ro is—she invites them to an impromptu Christmas dinner. And when that party seems in danger of an early end, she suggests they each tell a ghost story. One that’s seasonally appropriate.

But Ro will come to learn that the horrors hidden in a Christmas tale—or one’s past—can never be tamed once unleashed.

Lucky Girl is the story of Ro, a struggling horror writer, and the group people that she met in a diner that she invited to an impromptu Christmas dinner, which they made a tradition until it fizzled out. Several years later they reconvene as different people, and several unexpected events play out.

I really enjoyed this novella. It was short, but just long enough to convey the spooky story within. Ro was an interesting character who told an interesting story. She’s got trauma in her past that carries over into her present, and into her writing.

The writing was excellent, and the pacing was really great, so I read this story in just short of an hour. The ending stayed significantly mysterious until the end of the story.

All told, I enjoyed Lucky Girl, and I think it would be a wonderful little novella for some creepy reading around the holidays. 4/5 stars!


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