I’m glad that I picked Through the Woods up because I really love short stories, but these ended way too soon.I kept wanting to google the answers to find out what exactly happened.
It was, however, a quick and peculiar read.
Rating for each of the stories:
Our Neighbor’s House– 4/5 stars
This was my favorite story, it follows three sisters left alone in their home and stalked by a strange, grinning man.
I didn’t really get the ending— I actually ended up googling it (with no results). But after I finished all the tales, this was the one that stayed with me.
Lady’s Hands Are Cold–3/5 stars
I was really into this, but the ending was a bit abrupt and because of that the story didn’t really resonate with me.
His Face All Red: 2.5/5 stars
This tale revolves around a morally dubious male protagonist going out to the woods with his brother. And again, I had no idea what happened towards the end.
My Friend Janna: 3/5 stars
This focuses on two friends who fake seances and trick others into believing they can communicate with the dead. It started out with such an intriguing plot, but it felt rushed and confusing at times.
The Nesting Place: 3/5 stars
This tale spends more time developing the protagonist and her family relationships, but I didn’t really get the main storyline. At one point I thought I did, but then I got more and more confused.
Overall, it was an interesting read, unlike anything I’ve read so far. But I feel as if it wasn’t developed to its full potential. I did, however, really enjoy the art featured in the stories.