Title: Just In Case
Author: Laura McHale Holland
Imagine a world where shadows of enchantment instantly render ordinary experiences eerie, terrifying or sublime, and where the unexpected becomes the norm. The twenty-one micro stories in Laura McHale Holland’s Just in Case comprise such a place: a universe where a wife betrayed relishes her revenge; a couple chugging toward retirement takes a surprising U-turn; a much maligned character finally has his say; a cozy family scene chills the blood; a curious relative cannot leave a half-human baby alone. These, and more, are what you’ll find in this book.
The dark, often revealing themes in this collection marry exquisitely with the precise flash fiction form, offering a full reading experience in few words. If you enjoy engaging, short reads with deliciously poetic prose, plenty of imagery, and context left to the imagination, you’re likely to love the concise gems found herein.
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review as part of the Xpresso blog tour for its release.
This was a very short, but fun read! I’m a huge fan of flash fiction, so when I saw the chance to read a flash fiction compilation, I jumped at it. It’s one of the most difficult writing styles to do well – at least in my opinion – and the author executes it with great skill. Usually with anthologies, I stretch out the reading over a couple of days and take breaks in between pieces. For this one, though, I found myself hopping from story to story back-to-back, and every time I was fully immersed. No matter how long or short each piece was, they all felt fully complete – a difficult thing to do in the shorter pieces.
Several of the pieces stood out to me, my favorites being When She Wakes Up, Butterflies, and the titular Just in Case.
If you’re looking to add to a collection of anthologies, be sure to grab a copy of this one! The pieces are ones you’ll find yourself going back to more than once.
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