Friday, September 30, 2022

Silverweed Road by Simon Crook

Happy Friday! Today I'm a stop on the Random Things tour for Simon Crook's Silverweed Road!

Police are baffled by the occurrences on Silverweed Road. A quiet suburban street that appears, at least at the outset, to be totally normal, Silverweed Road is anything but. Every house is affected and every house has a story. 

A wife is left speechless and alone after her husband disappears without a trace. Only she knows about his battles with a pair of birds. 

An artist is just the latest in a string of disappearances after her stay on Silverweed Road. What the police can't know is that the pool in the backyard is part of the mystery. 

And the woods at the end of the road...Well, it's not exactly the place you want to go to commune with nature. 

These stories and more make up the recent history of an otherwise normal street. Secrets that outsiders aren't tuned into. Mysteries that will likely never be solved!

Simon Crook's collection of connected tales reminds me of Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio by  way of Ray Bradbury and Shirley Jackson! Maybe a little Daphne du Maurier thrown in for good measure considering the opening story!

I love short stories and I have always had a special fondness for connected collections. With the framework of a personal blog by one of the (former) police investigating Silverweed Road, each chapter tells the story of a different home. And throughout, each tale has other connections to its neighbors (repeated appearances of the flowers at the crash site, certain neighbors, and even the jackdaw), which makes for a fantastic familiar thread woven throughout. 

Whether you read this one in sips, gulps, or one sitting, Silverweed Road is an absolutely perfect Spooky Season read! (By the way, Spooky Season is all year long!)

Silverweed Road is out now from Harper Voyager! Happiest of reading, horror fans!!!

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