Monday, August 3, 2009

Reviewette - “The Thirteenth Step” by Libba Bray

Anthology: The Eternal Kiss
Story: 7 of 13
Pages: 46

The Thirteen Step is a deliciously dark tale about choices you are prepared to live with to be accepted. Lauren accepts a job at Angelus House, a facility for troubled and drug-addicted youth. Lauren personal circumstances are unhappy with a sister in rehab and family in financial straits to pay the medical bills. She finds herself enjoying her work and liking the people she works with making her forget her own troubles. Unusual noises and activity seems to take place in the basement “detox” centre., but the program seems to have a high success rate. Throughout the inner city there are nightly murders, supposedly the outcome of gang wars, but Lauren receives warnings about Angelus House and a mysterious “thirteenth step” in their program. When she uncovers the truth about the final step she is forced to become a member of the program and faces a difficult choice -
"You're free to go. You have twenty-four hours. If you don't make a kill, you'll get very, very sick. If you do choose to be one of us, you have to be back before sunrise. It's your choice."
The ending has bite. I quite liked this one.

Rating – 4.5 Eternal Kisses (of 5)

Official Libba Bray Website

Libba Bray is the author of the Gemma Doyle Trilogy, which includes the novels, A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, and The Sweet Far Thing.


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