book reviews by Althea

The Vile Desire to Scream – Oisin Mcgann

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The Vile Desire to Scream: A Novella
The Vile Desire to Scream: A Novella by Oisin McGann
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not really a novella, but a short story. I actually felt that it could’ve stood to be longer, and more fleshed-out. Too much of the brief piece was taken up with providing a quick ‘cliff’s-notes-style’ back story for readers who haven’t yet read McGann’s “Ancient Appetites.” I have read the novel, so I didn’t need the background; but if I hadn’t, I think it still would’ve felt rushed and infodump-y.

The story itself is a kidnapping-adventure. An unscrupulous ‘travelling salesman’ takes advantage of an intriguing device to capture a woman, with the goal of finding out just what it is that makes the Wildenstern family so special.

Recommended for those who’ve read other Wildenstern stories, and are interested in a quick ancillary read.

Many thanks to Netgalley and Open Road Media for the opportunity to read.

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