Title: No Human Hands to Touch
Author: Elizabeth E. Wein
In: Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers (Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Twisted romance
Dates read: 13th February 2020
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: I am the one who is imprisoned in this place.
The son that she thought she’d lost has returned. And now, in her twisted way, she wants him back. But only to turn him against his father in the worst ways possible…
So this story is disgustingly sick and twisted. And so many levels of not okay. But it’s also kind of impossible to look away from. The way this is written is completely engaging and enthralling. Even when you are kind of totally hating the characters, you still don’t want to look away and forget about what you’re reading.
The main reason that this is impossible to put down is the horror of the storyline. Not only the manipulation that the two lovers keep doing to each other, but also the fact that they’re in an incestual relationship. It is completely disturbing and horrifying. Yet, I really, really liked the story. Very much an Oedipus kind of tale…
This is a wonderfully open-ended story. You’re not really sure whether or not her machinations worked. Whether the son is going to fight against the father. Whether there is going to be a future for the insane woman who drives this story… it is all very… well, open.