COLERIDGE is my second read from Tom Deady, and like the first novella I read from this author (WEEKEND GETAWAY), this was another solid story that I enjoyed. I loved the gothic feel of this tale, and it brought something to my attention that I’ve somehow missed—I really love a good haunted house story. This one is a modern-day tale with ties to the past, and I’d definitely recommend it.
This novella is another that I would’ve finished in one sitting, had I not been preoccupied and anxious about the state of the world right now. I hope in the days to come that I can say I devoured a book without letting my mind drift, but I’m not there yet. However, while I was reading this, I was fully engrossed in the story. I liked the characters, and also enjoyed how the chapters alternate between the recent past and present. We’re given different perspectives from the two main characters, which I thought added to the depth of the story.
Overall, a fast-paced read, with nice quick chapters (I love that). It has some heartwarming moments showcasing the main characters’ relationship, as well as tension and creepiness. I loved the atmosphere that the author created, and now that I’ve got two short fiction reads under my belt from Tom Deady, it’s probably time that I tackle his novel, HAVEN. Yet another book that’s been on my shelf for too long. COLERIDGE is also the first of many titles on my shelf published by Silver Shamrock. They are putting out some amazing books, and I can’t wait to dig into more.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Publisher: Silver Shamrock
Release Date: March 24, 2020