Title: In Brightest Day
Author: Toni L.P. Kelner
In: Home Improvement (Charlaine Harris & Toni L.P. Kelner)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Paranormal fantasy
Dates read: 24th October 2020
Format: Short story
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
5th sentence, 74th page: “Yeah, right,” she said.
She’s a Houngan. But the body she keeps raising to Revenant just doesn’t seem to want to stay alive…
The use of Hoodoo / Houngan / Voodoo practices in this “home improvement” story was completely unexpected and seriously joyful. I also loved how it kept Kelner’s sense of humour and self alive throughout the pages. I was smiling and relaxed as I read this. Making it not only an amazing short story, but a fantastic way to end the Home Improvement collection.
I found the idea of raising an architect so that they can finish building a house to be kind of unique. It feels like a bit of a waste of power, but as the story unfolds, it also feels like something humorous and light. Completely unexpected and most definitely enjoyable.
The lead of this short story – Dodie was one of my favourite leads in this collection. I love that she’s constantly poking fun at the institution that she finds herself in and finding ways to maintain her own identity. Even if that identity does mean eschewing the long skirts and died hair of the rest of the houngans….