A Haunting Tale in “The Half Killed” by Quenby Olson — Book Review

Published 26 Sep 2023
by Anca Antoci

Title: The Half Killed
Author: Quenby Olson
Released: 13.08.2015
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“The Half Killed” by Quenby Olson is a haunting story that blends mystery, fantasy, and a spooky vibe that’ll give you goosebumps. Come with me and explore the creepy twists and turns of this story.

Delving into the heart of the story, you’ll find a convergence of multiple storylines, each offering a glimpse into a world steeped in both the ordinary and the otherworldly. At its core, it’s a mystery novel infused with fantastical and paranormal elements, a rare blend that sets it apart in the literary realm. The narrative embraces the eerie, crafting an ambiance of unsettling mystery and imminent darkness.

The story goes at a slow, intentional pace. It’s not an action-packed story, it's more like slowly sipping a good wine. For those yearning for a deeply immersive experience, a world meticulously painted with rich details that unfurl slowly, this book will be a perfect companion.

The characters, especially Miss Dorothea Hawes, really bring the story to life. Dorothea, plagued by haunting voices and a troubled past, is a portrait of resilience and inner strength amid physical fragility. The story gets more intricate and emotional when she interacts with Julian, a previous man of faith who came to her for help. The dance between these characters is a delicate balance, leaving the reader wondering about the unspoken desires and the tension that lingers.

The themes of darkness, life, death, abuse, and loyalty add depth to the narrative. Olson blends themes seamlessly in the story, elevating it beyond a simple murder mystery. It’s an eloquent exploration of the human psyche and the intricacies of relationships.

Entering Victorian London brings a gloomy atmosphere, reflecting the struggles of the characters. Quenby Olson’s prose is vividly descriptive and enhances the book’s gothic undertones without being gratuitously horrific.

To summarize, “The Half Killed” is a captivating story for those who love character-driven tales and atmospheric storytelling. It’s a journey into a realm where every step teeters on the edge of a razor, leaving you spellbound until the very last page. An invitation to lose yourself in a world both haunting and beautifully flawed.

*This review was first published in From The Library on Medium. I write for a variety of Medium publications on topics like productivity, mindset, books, writing techniques and more. So for content other than fantasy, check out my opinions on Medium.

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