Review – Glimmer and other stories by Nicola McDonagh

A truly great review by the talented author Chris Harrison. Many thanks Chris.

The Opening Sentence

Seven short stories all with one thing in common: intrigue. As the title of this collection suggests Nicola McDonagh’s seven tales shift in the light, never quite settling in tangible form. From the opening story, the eponymous Glimmer, to the final tale Rousseau Suburban Jungle you won’t quite know where you’re being taken by the narrative.

But don’t take that as a criticism. McDonagh has absolute control over the writing and carefully leads the reader towards the final reveal. What you won’t find at the end of these stories are final sentence ‘gotchas’ a la HP Lovecraft, but evocative conclusions that continue to drift after the page is turned.

Some of the stories are rooted in the real world, such as Scarecrow, Ernest Thirk and the aforementioned Glimmer, whilst others like The Reclaimed Merman and Daub are more uncanny, straggling the line between the real and the perceived.

For me…

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