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DOLL PARTS: Tales of Twisted Love by Azzurra Nox

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Anthology, LGBT, Short Stories

A haunting trio of short stories about love, obsession, and secrets. Each short story is titled after a song, The National's Apartment Story, Placebo's Scared of Girls, and Skunk Anansie's Post Orgasmic Chill. Apartment Story A lonely married woman nostalgically rekindles a friendship with a former lover and the apartment they shared. Dark secrets and mysteries surround the apartment building and its new tenants that delve deep into the woman's psyche and prove to be fatal. Scared of Girls A glamorous go-go dancer and a failing university student are bound by a dark secret that may change their fates forever. Post Orgasmic Chill The destinies of a cynical rock star, a groupie, an arrogant DJ, and naïve university student intertwine in a rainy London that serves as the backdrop to their tormented lives. Secrets and lies coincide in this dark tale of love gone wrong. Hauntingly spare, beautiful, and twisted, Doll Parts is a disquieting and at times darkly morbid collection of short stories about normal people who suddenly discover their own dark possibilities.

3 out of 5 (good)

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A collection of three twisted tales. Apartment Story. By far, my favourite of the three. A bored married woman comes back in touch with an old lover, and the apartment they shared. But something is going on in that apartment and Mary has no idea what it it. Told in the first person, its weird, but in a very good way! We don't get fully whats going on, not at all. Or maybe I should say I didn't get it. But thats why I loved it! Because I'm left with my brain trying, in vain, I might add, to figure out just what is going on in that apartment! 4 stars Scared of Girls. This was a really good tale of appearances and secrets and how you might never really know someone. I also liked this one because it has an ending, unlike the other two. It is a complete little story and it does have a happy ending. Not quite as twisted as the other two. 3 stars. Post Orgasmic Chill. I finished this one, but knew very early on, I wasn't going to like it. I won't go as far to say I hated it, though. I just didn't get the story, what the point was. Sorry! 2 stars All three stories are unique and quite unlike anything I have read for some time. They are, regardless of my like or dislike, very well written and well delivered. I should like to read a longer piece of work by Azzurra Nox, just to see what they do with more pages. Overall though, 3 stars.

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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Born in Catania, Sicily, she has led a nomadic life since birth. She has lived in various European cities and Cuba, and currently resides in the Los Angeles area. Always an avid reader and writer from a young age, she loved entertaining her friends with ghost stories. She loves horror movies, cats, and a good rock show. She dislikes Mondays and chick-flicks. CUT HERE, her debut paranormal urban fantasy was inspired by a nightmare the writer had a few years ago. Some of her favourite authors include Anne Rice, Oscar Wilde, Chuck Palahniuk, and Isabella Santacroce.

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