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Apart in the Dark

By Ania Ahlborn
Apart in the Dark by Ania Ahlborn digital book - Fable

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Two terrifying novellas from bestselling author Ania Ahlborn, “a great storyteller who spins an atmosphere of dread literally from the first page” (Jeff Somers).

The Pretty Ones
New York, 1977. The sweltering height of the Summer of Sam. The entire city is gripped with fear, but all Nell Sullivan worries about is whether or not she’ll ever make a friend. The self-proclaimed “Plain Jane” does her best to fit in with the girls at work, but Nell’s brother, Barrett, assures her that she’ll never be like them. When Nell manages to finally garner some much-yearned-for attention, the unthinkable happens to her newfound friend. The office pool blames Son of Sam, but Nell knows the awful truth…because doing the devil’s work is easy when there’s already a serial killer on the loose.

I Call Upon Thee
Maggie Olsen had a pretty ordinary childhood—swimming and sleepovers, movie nights and dad jokes. And then there were the other things…the darker things…the shadow that followed her home from the cemetery and settled into the corners of her home, refusing to let her grow up in peace. Now, after three years away from the place she's convinced she inadvertently haunted, and after yet another family tragedy strikes, Maggie is forced to return to the sweltering heat of a Savannah summer to come to terms with her past. All along, she's been telling herself, it was just in your head, and she nearly convinces herself that she'd imagined it all. But the moment Maggie steps into the foyer of her family home, she knows. The darkness is still here. And it's been waiting for Maggie's return…

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8 Reviews

3.5
Slightly Smiling Face“#1 slow twist ending. It was the slowness, it left me so bored #2 reallll good just felt a little too similar to seed (a 5 star read) for it to be a favorite”
“The Pretty Ones 3.5★ I really liked how this started out. The protagonist is a little odd, a loner, but I liked following her. The setting of an office in 1970s New York was nice too. However, I guessed the twist almost immediately (which is so rare for me), and although I still enjoyed the story, this kind of deflated the impact the ending would have had otherwise. Also, the story felt a little repetitive. Nell always follows the same routine, which is fine, but I felt like I read more or less the same scenes multiple times over. This was still a fun read though! I Call Upon Thee 4★ I really liked this story! It was genuinely creepy, so much so that it felt dangerous reading this at night. It was the perfect mix of a paranormal horror that is vague or ambiguous enough to feel realistic even. A little bit of southern gothic vibes too, which I loved. I immediately got a feel for the characters and I liked following Maggie. I also enjoyed the combination of chapters following the present and some going back to the past. Ania Ahlborn really does supernatural horror stories so well! Loved this!”

About Ania Ahlborn

Ania Ahlborn is the bestselling author of the horror thrillers Brother, Within These Walls, The Bird Eater, The Shuddering, The Neighbors, and Seed, and the novellas The Pretty Ones and I Call Upon Thee. Born in Ciechanow, Poland, she lives in South Carolina with her husband and their dog. Visit AniaAhlborn.com or follow the author on Facebook and Twitter @AniaAhlbornAuthor.

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