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From a mysterious mirror of questionable origin, to a painting that swallows the souls of those who fixate on it, to houses of ghosts and the night-time drive of a family in the mountains, you’ll be left unsettled, provoked and rewarded with glimpses into the mysteries that live in the corners of our world.
Whether through the eyes of a woman hiking alone or a young man exploring a haunted house with his friends, you will feel their palatable fear, uncertainty and unease as you explore the worlds that Bailey has created. At the other end of the spectrum, the tales of a short order waitress investigating (and possibly stalking) a creep that she comes across at her job and the pieces of an immortal woman’s diary as she lives far, far too long will leave you dreading what comes next. The author excels in bringing you to where she wants you, and by the end of each story you’ll be left pondering the larger mystery and the future of the story’s world.
This is the perfect bedside companion for readers who enjoy a good scare, but also like having something to think about in the morning light. Bailey doesn’t rely on established tropes and is a master at keeping you in the moment with her characters, whether they are racing through the desert away from the horrors they have resurrected or facing their own internal demons found in a life after death.
Ordinary Souls is a chilling set of stories meant to frighten you a bit, but it’s also a compelling sampling of insights into the human condition and a fully satisfying read from beginning to end.
Some of my favorites:
Agoraphobia - I admit I was a little suspicious about the 2nd person point of view at first, but it actually worked out really well for this story. I enjoyed it.
The Outing - This was one of the more unsettling stories for me. Everything seems normal at first, but as little details start to show, you realize that's not the case at all.
Journal Entry from the End of the Universe - I really liked the format of this one. And, as someone who wants to do a million things in life and there won't be nearly enough time, I could easily relate to the main character.
And Lead Us Not - Jenna was easily my favorite character in all of these stories, and I loved the ending, which was entirely not what I expected.
There We Will Be - I'm a social work student who wants to work in child welfare, so this one tugged at my heartstrings for obvious reasons. I just want to give Brian a hug.