Disturbing. There are haunting settings and chilling stories in the four novellas by Joyce Carol Oates collected in a book titled, Cardiff, By the Sea. The threats to the fully formed characters in these novellas are usually chilling, and Oates’ insight into psychological states allows readers to experience goosebumps of our own as we read the expertly crafted prose. I found myself embraced by a sensation of dread as I turned these pages. If that’s how you’d like to be entertained, consider reading this book.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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