Evil Eye: Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong by Joyce Carol Oates
This is my first Joyce Carol Oates and I knew to expect the unexpected. And with a subtitle like this one I knew it would be dark. I just wasn’t prepared for how dark! These are delightfully creepy tales of; you guessed it, love gone wrong. There really are no other words that work as well.
Each tale describes another sort of twisted love. The fourth wife of a famous, rich and powerful man meets the first wife and wonders what she has gotten herself into, and if she can get out of it safely. An average looking girl meets a wonderfully attractive boy and first love blossoms, but things get twisted as he turns into a stalker. One young man’s parents try to enact tough love and the love he returns is violent. And the creepiest one of all, a young woman attempting to be intimate with her partner finally confesses to the abuse she suffered as a child and they devise a plan on how she might overcome her problems.
Let me repeat, these are dark. Each story is read by a different reader so you become immediately immersed in each new tale. The longest is only two discs (about two hours) long and the rest are one to one and a half discs each. I would suggest that those searching for something different and that like being unnerved look here.