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Summary

All teenagers come of age. But in this spellbinding story by the bestselling author of Ill Will, one girl’s awakening requires something special. Something strange. Then it can all work like a charm.

Ever since they were orphaned, Tyler has kept close tabs on his sister, Shannon. He has to, considering her weird and risky obsessions. Now she has a new one: an inexplicable crush on an odd-looking stranger. And what Shannon wants from her unwitting “honey boy,” Tyler can’t begin to fathom. Not until he follows his sister into the darkest corners of her desires.

The Beckoning Fair One is part of Disorder, a collection of six short stories of living nightmares, chilling visions, and uncanny imagination that explore a world losing its balance in terrifying ways. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single disorienting sitting.

©2019 Dan Chaon (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • 03-09-20

Uh, what just happened?

Started out as a creepy stalker story, which morphed into a creepy MAGICAL stalker story in a way that was kinda dreamlike. Then it got REALLY weird and stopped making even internal sense. Reached the point where I'm genuinely uncertain how many characters there were, their ages, relationships, or which are alive or dead. And not particularly keen on diving back in to try to sort it out.

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  • DNA Diva
  • 29-04-21

Eerie and strange

I had no idea what to expect. This was beautifully written, odd, and compelling.

A well narrated and crafted short.

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  • Devlin Odd
  • 08-03-21

A little gross and disturbing

The story is just okay for me. A little odd and disturbing. Kinda gross. It started out pretty captivating. The very end was slightly confusing for me. The gross part was just freaky, strange, and a concept I've heard before. I listened because the last book I listened to with Michael Crouch narrating had me spellbound by his storytelling skills. If I had heard this book first, I would not have bothered searching for other titles with his narration. So I do encourage listeners to seek out other books with his narration.

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  • Chaplain America
  • 22-02-21

Interesting BUT weird ending

Wasn’t too sure of where the story was going, then it took a very weird turn in the end.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-01-21

Just so so

I was not a fan of this series of stories. They all seemed to plateau to nowhere. This one was much the same.

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  • Brea
  • 17-11-20

very Tales from the Darkside

A fun story that takes a little while to get going. But it has a satisfying ending.

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  • Oscar E. Reyes
  • 21-06-20

Wonderfully creepy

Brilliant on all levels and quite terrifying. Short and bittersweet. Both the writing and the performance were pitch perfect.

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  • T. Robbins
  • 20-03-20

Disturbing

I’m not sure what that was that I just read, but it was disturbing and I did not like it. I read all types of books and short stories, but just couldn’t quite figure this one out, except that there was black magic or witch craft involved.

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  • Mark
  • 14-11-19

Uneasy, but you will be replaying it in your head

This starts as a story of a pair of kids, brother and sister, making their way on their own after their grandmother/guardian dies. And like all unsupervised teens, they make questionable decisions.

But clues are planted all the way thru this story as to its real nature, and after the twisted ending, you will find yourself replaying this in your head, seeing where the twist fits in with everything you were told leading up to it.

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  • Lisette Land
  • 06-09-19

It had a twist at the end!

Narrator was great! Story was different than I expected. Great to listen to while working.