[REVIEW] Doll Parts

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Series: Anthology
Azzurra Nox
 adult, mystery, thriller
Published: December 8, 2015
Publisher: Twisted Wing Productions

Purchase: Amazon

A haunting trio of short stories about love, obsession, and secrets. Each short story is titled after a song, The National's Apartment Story, Placebo's Scared of Girls, and Skunk Anansie's Post Orgasmic Chill. 
Apartment Story
A lonely married woman nostalgically rekindles a friendship with a former lover and the apartment they shared. Dark secrets and mysteries surround the apartment building and its new tenants that delve deep into the woman's psyche and prove to be fatal. 

Scared of Girls
A glamorous go-go dancer and a failing university student are bound by a dark secret that may change their fates forever. 
Post Orgasmic Chill
The destinies of a cynical rock star, a groupie, an arrogant DJ, and naïve university student intertwine in a rainy London that serves as the backdrop to their tormented lives. Secrets and lies coincide in this dark tale of love gone wrong.

Hauntingly spare, beautiful, and twisted, Doll Parts is a disquieting and at times darkly morbid collection of short stories about normal people who suddenly discover their own dark possibilities.
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I don't normally pick up anthologies but Doll Parts really intrigued me. Its stories are dark and morbid. It makes you think of what will happen next and will keep you reading no matter what.

Life has a strange way of sneaking up on you and screwing up your perspective. -p21.7 via Calibre Reader

Apartment Story. I honestly thought that it will be a boring story or something that will involve cheating or the like. It gives off that vibes because of the backstory given. But as the story progresses, I get more and more intrigued at what really is happening. I try to really look into things but nope, I did not get there myself. I found things out towards the end. I find this one to have a really well setup atmosphere. There was a hunting atmosphere surrounding this story and it really keeps me reading.

Scared of Girls. At first, I was a bit confused at what really is going on - what's the connection between the characters. But as I read further, I get sucked into the stories of the main characters, Marzio and Fuxia. I understood what was going on. I like how this one ended but it did not really leave a mark on me. While the stories in the anthologies are dark, I find the happy ending of this one to be pretty worthy and good for the story. 

Post Orgasmic Chill. What I like best on this how each of the characters' stories were connected. Other than that, I find this story more like just an 'okay' one as compared to the other two stories on the anthology. This certainly is the most sensual story because of the relationships being established. I honestly did not like it but I guess that goes with the whole mood of the anthology. This story generally annoyed me mostly because of the things that were happening, graphic scenes, and some of the characters (or maybe all?). This story kind of blew this anthology for me.

OVERALL, Doll Parts is certainly a dark thrilling read. Nox was able to set the mood for each stories well. It would keep you reading. You'd have that good imagery of what's happening. You'd feel for (some of) the characters - you'd feel how scared, nervous, and frighten they were. I liked Nox' descriptive writing. Doll Parts is a mature read. It's recommended for those who like unsettling reads with great atmosphere.

~this book was provided in exchange for an honest review~

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Born in Catania, Sicily, she has led a nomadic life since birth. She has lived in various European cities and Cuba, and currently resides in the Los Angeles area. Always an avid reader and writer from a young age, she loved entertaining her friends with ghost stories. She loves horror movies, cats, and a good rock show. She dislikes Mondays and chick-flicks. CUT HERE, her debut paranormal urban fantasy was inspired by a nightmare the writer had a few years ago. Some of her favourite authors include Anne Rice, Oscar Wilde, Chuck Palahniuk, and Isabella Santacroce.

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