The Unheimlich Manoeuvre by Tracy Fahey

October 26, 2016 - 8:51 pm No Comments

The Unheimlich Manoeuvre by Tracy Fahey

Published by Boo Books on 16th July 2016

139 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

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What attracted me to this book was the title. Like everyone else I had heard of the Heimlich manoeuvre but not the unheimlich manoeuvre and thanks to an informative introduction by Cate Gardner, I now know that it is a German word meaning uncanny or weird and these 14 short stories were spot on with this definition.

The stories that stood out for me were:

Coming Back is a story about a girl coming out of a coma and the after effects of her recovery. With the help of a mysterious visitor, she makes some life changes. Reading this you wonder how many people had gone through what she did and the changes they made.

The Woman Next Door is a story about a new mom. Whilst I was reading this I was thinking back to when I had my children and the tiredness I felt trying to run a household and looking after a new baby, but the ending is every mom’s nightmare and was unexpected, a great twist.

Sealed is the story of a young girl with agoraphobia. I read this story thinking that she also had OCD, but as the story developed, my heart went out to her when I read the reason for her condition. I cheered at the end and I do hope that she did escape her surroundings.

Finding out that this was Tracy’s first published book was a surprise and I hope that I get to read more of her work. All the stories are full of tension and I got immersed in each story to the point that when I finished it left me thinking what would I do in that situation? Or What would I have done different? I enjoyed reading every story and I hope that Tracy will publish more of her short stories.

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