- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2261 KB
- Print Length: 30 pages
- Publisher: The Accipiter Corporation (29 Jun. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DS1IIAW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #611,326 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Demons of Emily Eldritch (The Spirals of Danu) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
A very enjoyable short story, and my congratulations for a plot well written. I genuinely look forward to future journeys with the characters Mr Adil-Smith has magnificently bought to life.
Playing well to the themes of memory and identity, the reader comes to realise that Emily's life is a lie, and she is being manipulated by those who force her further and further from those who could help her, under the guise of love.
A deeply disturbing story that should be read with the lights on.
And yes, there is an absolute cracker of a twist at the end, it will make feel anxious and vulnerable for many days to come...
Dealing in equal parts with mental illness, questionable identity, and suspect memory, Emily has no idea that the people in her life are a lie, and that her demons are not just in her head.
A creepy story that left me asking how well I really know anyone.
There is no getting away from it - this is a challenging read. If you have never suffered from depression, or don't know anyone who has, then you will struggle to understand why the main character is breaking apart. However, if you have ever felt low in your life you will instantly connect with themes of the story, and the character's struggle to hold herself together.
Emily's character is richly told, but I struggled to understand some of the actions of the periphery characters, and in particular the father. However, the revelation at the end made me appreciate at how easily we can take people as face value, and not question their motives until it is far too late.
I hope everyone read this with an open mind and an open heart. Then, reach out to those who struggle with mental illness in your community, because they need all the support they can get.
A gut wrenching and emotional read.
As Emily reflects on the events of her life, she looks at the things have destroyed her confidence and infected her with a "leprosy of doubt" (BTW: an excellent phrase that I shall use in future).
This tale is not an action piece, but more of a character study. That said, there is great pace as the major events are covered and how they affect her; from the apathy of her father, the bully at school, and the death of her mother.
And then there is the ending! I won't say what the twist is, but I had to go back and re-read it... and yes all the clues are there. This story asks a really interesting question:
"What if the demons - that we all suffer from time-to-time - aren't just in our head? What if they are external to us, but we don't recognise them?"
The themes are really good; I loved the way the main character - Emily - considers her life in metaphors of the sea whilst she is looking at water in the bath. And the secondary themes of predating birds work well too.
This is a great story in the Lovecraft tradition, and the sense of creeping madness is beautiful to the point of painful - it describes really well how no-one wakes up one day feeling like this, but comes to this point slowly over many years, and for many reasons.
Like I said, the ending really creeped me out, and for a moment I considered how well I know those closest to me. I highly recommend this ebook!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
it was trying, but just didn't hit the spot. why do people not use editors these days.Published on 21 Dec. 2014 by jeanbreaksglass
This short story starts off as a disturbing treatise of the nature of suicide as a middle aged woman considers taking her own life. Read morePublished on 10 Sept. 2014 by wilimnot
A 5 star review is pretty rare for me, but I felt compelled to with this book. The pain of the protagonist was so raw, I could really feel Emily's heart-wrenching despair. Read morePublished on 7 Aug. 2014 by NYM
A bit creepy, very dark but a must read. A fascinating insight into mental illness. A short book that stays with you. Great stuff, lovely writing.Published on 17 July 2014 by Hobbit
This is the interesting and at the same time, creepy story of Emily who is being manipulated by people who pretend they love her and care for her.Published on 15 July 2014 by Angel
Emily Eldritch is an unusual protagonist but one that we root for whole heartedly. Stuck in a loveless marriage with a domineering, abusive husband and struggling with mental... Read morePublished on 13 July 2014 by Zapple
Adil-Smith's writing is reminiscent of Clive Barker's early work, very visceral in tone and prose, with carefully crafted, lyrical turns of phrase. Read morePublished on 7 July 2014 by Duncan Ralston
The underlying theme of this story is bullying on so many different levels, and how that changes a character for life. Read morePublished on 6 July 2014 by Greene Earth
This seething story of mental illness and depression seeps in your veins like some kind of dark shadow. Read morePublished on 4 July 2014 by Jonny
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