DIS MEM BER – Joyce Carol Oates

Another #CJSReads2017 June title in the books (I’m hilarious!)

Our fourth selection is DIS MEM BER and Other Stories of Mystery and Suspense by Joyce Carol Oates (releasing June 6th, 2017)

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When I saw DIS MEM BER by Joy Carol Oates I knew I needed to have it – short horror stories? Obviously that’s going to be something I’m going to read! Being a huge Stephen King fan, I really appreciate the really scary short stories, sometimes the short stories are the creepiest because they can pack a quick punch. This was also my introduction to Oates and I love her writing style.

This collection of dark, suspenseful , and unsettling stories, with the last one being more of a dark kind of satire story:

  • DIS MEM BER
  • The Crawl Space
  • Heartbreak
  • The Drowned Girl
  • The Situations
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Welcome to Friendly Skies!

The underlying theme to all of these stories is about girls or women having to confront the danger that surrounds them, and then the danger that is hidden deep within themselves. I lover her writing style – the only thing that threw me off right away in the first story was that there weren’t any quotation marks used in conversations. That took a little bit to get used to.

I’d highly recommend this to anyone that wants some creepy psychological thrillers all in one book!

I give this a solid 4/5 stars! I’ll definitely look for her other novels!

A big thanks to Grove Atlantic for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

–Jess

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