Author: Louise Doughty
In: I Am Heathcliff (Kate Mosse)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Horror
Dates read: 18th February 2019
Format: Short story
Publisher: Borough Press
5th sentence, 74th page: Paying that much long term is out of the question.
She’s trying to run from her past and start a new future. But will obsession catch up with her before she can find her happily ever after?
I decided to start reading the I Am Heathcliff collection because I was so damn disappointed and frustrated by Wuthering Heights. So, in my slightly twisty mind, I figured that reading a collection of Wuthering Heights inspired stories might help me to understand a little more as to just why everyone seems to love this classic so much. And, although this didn’t highlight why people love the storyline, this short story that started the collection certainly reflected most of my feelings about the storyline.
It’s obvious from the very first moment that there is a darkness following the woman in the story. And as the story unfolds, it becomes even clearer that this is a darker “love” than I had kind of anticipated. It made me so damn uncomfortable in fact that I decided that this short story need to be shelved on the horror shelf. Especially when the ending almost makes the story of unrequited and unhealthy love close in full circle.
This story definitely echoes the ideas of obsession and unhealthy, obsessive love that I got so clearly from the original tale surrounding Heathclif…
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