Moving to another planet should be easy, right?
Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.
A Layer Hidden
Author: Candace Robinson
Publication Date: January 24, 2020
Page Count: 22
Genre: Horror, Short Story, Science-Fiction
My Rating: ★★★
I received an ARC of this book from the author, Candace Robinson, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.
Content Warning: Gore, Death
Bree is traveling to a new planet with her husband and daughter. The Earth has been exhausted and over-polluted, no longer suitable to sustain human life. Stuck in a confined space for a while will naturally make one restless. This is exactly why Bree has a hard time sleeping at night.
It’s the middle of the night one night, when Bree finds herself unable to sleep. She ends up heading to the lounge to get herself a snack and some water for her husband and daughter. When she arrives, no one is around. She doesn’t find this odd at first. However, one by one, the lights go out, and plunges her in darkness. Deciding to head back to her room, Bree encounters a terrifying spectacle, that will eventually become her worst nightmare.
A Layer Hidden is a very short story. In all of it’s twenty-two pages, the author manages to create a convincing atmosphere. The setting is the most ominous and creepy attribute about this read. The isolation, and lack of human presence immediately makes a setting worrisome, in my opinion. When the culprits showed up on the scene, I wasn’t sold by their presence. The ending is very abrupt, and didn’t have the flare that the rest of the story held. It may have just been me, but the ending was predictable, but also, didn’t make a whole lot of sense. (view spoiler)[The creature that was her daughter explained to Bree that she wasn’t a desired target for the aliens, yet, killed her, anyways? (hide spoiler)]
I’m not naturally a horror reader, so I may not be the best reference when it comes to a review. However, I think this was a decent read for the setting alone!
Sexual content: Minimal.
Violence: Moderate – Gore.
My Rating: ★★★
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