Thursday, January 14, 2016

Finnegan’s Field, by Angela Slatter cover image
(Fantasy/Horror) Three years ago, nine-year-old Madrigal Baker disappeared. Recently, she returned, and she's still nine. But her mom is sure something else is wrong. (10,991 words)

Rating: 4, Recommended

"Finnegan’s Field," by (edited by Ellen Datlow) was published by .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: From all the clues, we know that Madrigal's body will be possessed, but the nature of the spirit is something of a surprise. When we see him Jasper in the darkness, most of the pieces add together: the supernatural boon he sought was a handsome body. Mrs. Flynn's unexpected assistance at the end rounds things out. And the simultaneous disappearance of Jasper and Madrigal doesn't leave a loose end because Jasper will end up taking the blame. Well done!

Con: We don't really feel much for Annie. Even when Madrigal hugs her goodbye, we're not really moved.

1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Good story, but a little more horror than I personally like.