There is a fantastic melancholy quality to this novella from Simon Avery. I haven’t had the pleasure of reading the previous TTA Novellas, but any story with a musical theme piques my interest. I haven’t read anything by Simon Avery either, at least nothing I can remember vividly. This story was a very pleasant surprise indeed.
The Teardrop Method would probably be best described as quiet literary horror, but don’t be put off with the tag I’ve given it and think it’s going to be a wordy, drawn-out slog, it isn’t. This is a beautifully written and haunting story about mourning, loss and love. The pacing is perfect and it suits the tone of the story wonderfully well. The Hungarian setting is brilliantly brought to life and provides a very welcome change of place. I could almost smell the coffee drifting from the shops on the busy streets as I followed Krisztina, pursuing the songs of death she hears in her head.
There are so many layers to this book and things to take out of it that I’m sure you’d find numerous other themes after re-reading it. For me, music, relationships, finding one’s muse and a search for meaning lie are just some of the things I got from reading this haunting tale, It’s quite brilliant storytelling. The Teardrop Method is a story that succeeds in leaving a lasting impression, I was emotionally wrung by its end and it is a tale I thought about long after finishing it-truly the hallmark of a great story.
There is a short story to be found at the end of the book that sits well with the novella as it tells of a journalist and of the man’s descent into madness through drug abuse. It was originally printed in an earlier issue of Black Static but I’d not come across it before and I found myself equally impressed as I was with the novella.
Simon Avery has a wonderful way with words, here is a writer who excels in exploring feelings and emotions within his characters whilst creating vivid settings for them to explore. I initially gave this book a 4/5 star rating but I honestly couldn’t stop thinking about it. It is excellent.
5/5 dark melodies from the Grim Reader.
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