When a Stranger Comes to Town
When a Stranger Comes to Town by Michael Koryta contains nineteen mysteries involving a stranger. This gave me an opportunity to experience a variety of mystery authors. Each story involves a stranger which can be a tourist, a family member you have never met, a new neighbor, etc. I enjoyed the stories that had the unexpected, were creepy, and left me feeling uneasy. To me that is the sign of a good mystery or thriller. Some of the tales hit the mark while others did not. I especially disliked the ones that felt unfinished. I do not like having unanswered questions. Some of the stories felt that the author had a big premise that did not fit the small format. One tale felt like it was part of a bigger book and I was reading just a sample of it. My favorite story came from Lisa Unger. Some of these authors did a great job. They grabbed my attention from the first page and held it until the end. I found some new authors from reading this collection. I did find that many of the stories followed the same format and it was easy to predict how the tale would play out. One good thing about short stories is you can read one or all of them. You can enjoy them over a period of time which I think is the best way to enjoy this collection. There are some mild stories while authors are gruesome. I particularly liked Michael Connelly, Joe Hill, Alafair Burke, Lisa Unger, and Bryon Quertermous. My least favorite is Kohinoor by Smita Harish Jain. Overall, this is an interesting collection of scary tales. I will be wary when a new neighbor moves in next door!
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