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Posted April 22, 2012
An abused maid who sought revenge on her employer and got much more than she bargained for. A doctor who discovered his appetite for flesh was more than a metaphor. A woman who found being a certain artist's model drained her of life. These are just three of the patients being kept in a remote psychiatric institution where reporter Doug Pinkham has gone to investigate a murder. During the course of his investigation, he will hear their stories and others, and will find there is more going on at the institution than meets the eye... and possibly more than he can escape.
Intricate Entanglement is a collection of seven short stories linked by the story of Pinkham's investigation. The stories are creepy and effective, and the framing story is also developed in depth, avoiding the trap of just being a device to present the stories. Su Halfwerk has a marked talent for creating an unsettling atmosphere and tales that become more sinister as they progress. If you like creepy tales and a sense of growing dread, this collection is well worth checking out.
Posted November 18, 2011
This book delivers on its promise of stories that lead to utter insanity. It takes place in a lunatic asylum where we watch seven stories unfold as they happened to each patient. By the end, Doug Pinkham, the main character, is a changed man.
I couldn't put the book down out of curiosity to know what happens next. Every time I thought I got it, the author threw another twist and challenged my beliefs. They weren't forced twists, once I reached the end of each story, I could tell where the author peppered it with hints at what to come. As far as shortcomings, I wished the book was longer. There were a couple of hints at other patients whose stories weren't mentioned. I hope Su Halfwerk will write a sequel that contains those stories and more.
I would recommend Intricate Entanglement to horror, thriller, and suspense fans. Actually, I think readers in general will enjoy this well-written maze of stories linked by an abnormal psychological logic.
Posted November 17, 2011
I really felt this was a fresh approach at a compilation of stories, horror stories at that. I liked it quite a bit and would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a fast read with lots to offer via horror, thriller, mystery and dark fiction.
This story is about reporter Doug Pinkham,on his way to a mental hospital to interview Dr. Martin regarding some visits that a detective recently made - before he died in a most unusual way, himself. On the way his car breaks down, and he decides to go the rest of the way to the hospital on foot. Eerie thudding noises, absence of birds and insects, and fog. It's the perfect setting for the beginning of a scary story!
When he gets to the hospital Dr. Martin is quite busy with a patient. An orderly offers to give Doug a tour to kill some time. Right off the bat, something seems a little off. The orderly begins to tell Doug a series of stories of the patients living in the hospital; some gruesome, some horrific, some just very unusual. My favorite is titled ¿Odd¿. I found that one to have a little surprise twist that I totally wasn't expecting, and I love being caught off guard a bit! All of the stories definitely had a sense of flair, and were all so different from eachother. Stories within a story, you definitely get to experience everything that is Equanimity Psychiatric Hospital.
As this story goes on you find yourself looking for clues and trying to figure out what the heck is going to happen next. It is definitely a fun and imaginative read! I kept questioning myself if things were as they seem, and each turn of the page brought another surprise.
I really feel that this book was quite different from most everything else I've read in this genre. I was able to finish this book rather quickly and I was impressed with the author's ability to carry all of these stories within, without losing sight of the base story about Doug Pinkham. I definitely recommend this book! Ebook provided by author for purpose of review.
Posted May 25, 2011
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