Tor.com. Jul. 2020. 176p. ISBN 9781250260499. $19.99. FANTASY
DEBUT Quiet and constrained Bettina Scott found a note in the mailbox, addressed to her, that could only have come from one of her two brothers. But they disappeared years ago. As Bettina begins a journey to discover the truth behind the note’s cryptic message, she opens a Pandora’s box of memories that slowly unravel the true story behind their and her father’s departure, from layers of storiesfrom old friends and others about mysterious dogs, magical bottles, and monsters born right inside their small Queensland town of Runagate. Within curses and cages lies the truth, with Bettina at the center.
VERDICT Jennings’s debut novella is pure, poetic Australian gothic, filled with haunting emotions, fairy-tale action, and sharp prose.
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