THIS TASTE FOR SILENCE
This book of short stories features tales of families and marriage and other dangerous relationships. There are women who put up with their husband’s whims rather than risk bringing on fits of temper that are more to do with psychological manipulation rather than physical violence — but sometimes not. These are the people next door, who you think you know well but harbour secrets or resentments or fears, and there are tales of the seemingly everyday that take a twist and leave the reader more than uneasy. In this first collection of stories from the Brisbane-based author, there is an anxiety in even the most mundane of events, and motives stirred by mysteries that can never be guessed at. They have been published and won awards in Australia, the UK and Ireland. While not horror stories in the usual sense, many will have you looking over your shoulder … or the neighbour’s fence.
BARRY REYNOLDS VERDICT: Leave the lights on