Today’s book review of a short story collection is brought to you by yours truly, Morgen Bailey.
Dark Lane by Tim Jeffreys
Unfortunately this collection as it stands is no longer available but some of stories feature on Tim’s other collections – see http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tim-Jeffreys/e/B00716BX34.
After a short musical intro, the first story is ‘Dream Woman’, a sweet tale about longing, destiny and being in the right place at the right time.
‘The People Under the Bridge’ carries on the fantastical theme but is darker and cleverly narrated with a female main vocal and whispers by others, giving it a suitably eerie feel.
‘A Better Life’ is funny, and still dark, and about a man who gets more than he bargained for when he wishes for the perfect life – to give up work and write a novel. Who would do such a thing? :)
‘Rain Songs’ is an intriguing title and while it has little to do with the story itself but is a phrase used in the piece, something I often do. A woman confronts a man in a café and the reason why is gradually revealed with twists along the way. I had to listen to the ending a couple of times before it twigged what had happened.
With a similar feel to ‘The People Under the Bridge’, ‘The Well’ is an eerie tale. The shortest story so far – short and most definitely not sweet. An impact for sure.
‘The Haunted Wood’ returns us to the female narrator and is more gothic than the other tales.
‘The Man in Black’ is about a man suffering from depression, the words ‘Black Dog’ near the beginning giving the hint of the dark tale to come.
‘Terminus’ is a very apt title and a very believable story, and how I would imagine… I won’t say what, you’ll have to read it for yourself.
‘Crayon Drawings’ appears to be a well-worn theme used in films of a missing child and dark drawings but the last minute of the story brings another unexpected twist and a great open ending.
The female narrates ‘The Big Hand’, about a couple’s relationship (from her pov) and the influence of a clock running through the story.
‘The Journey’ concludes the collection and had the feel of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road where we accompany the man (alone and otherwise) on his journey.