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In the dead of winter, David, a retired dentist in an unnamed town in Ohio, is pretty sure his wife, Franny, is dead. But he can’t quite figure out what killed her or why she had to die. Disoriented by grief, David struggles to unravel these mysteries - which become increasingly baffling when he starts finding a series of elaborate and escalating threats hidden around his home: "I will gather your oldest friends at my home and we will have a conversation." "You will hear us talking but when you come into the room we will stop talking."
Who left these notes? Was someone out to get Franny? Are they coming for him?
Unfortunately for David, Detective Chico is also on the case and is intent on asking him questions that he doesn’t know the answers to and introducing him to people - including a therapist who is practicing dream analysis in David’s garage without his knowledge or consent - who don’t appear to have David’s best interests in mind. With no one to trust, David is forced to rely on his own memories and faculties, but they, too, are proving unreliable.
Full of psychological twists and turns, Threats beautifully balances moments of utter bewilderment and perfect clarity. Amelia Gray builds a world that is eerie yet familiar, violent yet tender. With ability and precision far beyond her years, Gray grabs you on the first page and never loosens her grip.
Amelia Gray grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and received her MFA from Texas State University. Her first collection of stories, AM/PM, was published in 2009. Her second collection, Museum of the Weird, was selected for the Ronald Sukenick American Book Review Innovative Fiction Prize in 2010. She lives in Los Angeles. Threats is her first novel.
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By Watery M on 04-14-13
Where does Threats rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I'm glad it was short. Threats features some of the best writing I've come across in a while. However, the story itself was lacking. Great atmosphere, creepy characters, chilling setup, building tension, and then... poof. It suddenly ended. Readers smarter than I probably appreciated it for that very fact, but I prefer a little more payoff in the books I choose to read. Luckily it was short, and I don't really feel I wasted 7 hours of my life. I will keep thinking on this one and maybe revisit it down the road.
If you’ve listened to books by Amelia Gray before, how does this one compare?
My first Amelia Gray book. I will probably investigate some of her short stories down the road, just for curiosity's sake.
Have you listened to any of Hillary Huber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Don't think I've heard Hillary Huber before, but she did a great job with this one. Her forced, dry tone added to the atmosphere of the novel in a meaningful way.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Sure, I kept hoping it was going somewhere.
Any additional comments?
Don't buy this unless you're fan of experimental fiction.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Heather on 07-16-12
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Didn't understand the book at all. Just too weird
What could Amelia Gray have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
make the timeline more understandable
Which scene was your favorite?
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Any additional comments?
what was the whole wasp and therapist scene about anyway?
0 of 2 people found this review helpful