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Give Me Your Heart: Tales of Mystery and Suspense

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A book by Joyce Carol Oates

An Otto Penzler Book   The need for love—obsessive, self-destructive, unpredictable—takes us to forbidden places, as in the chilling world of Give Me Your Heart, a new collection of stories by the inimitable Joyce Carol Oates. … see full wiki

Author: Joyce Carol Oates
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
1 review about Give Me Your Heart: Tales of Mystery and...

Somewhat Entertaining But Dark and Disturbing

  • Aug 18, 2010
I had forgotten how much I love reading short stories. There is a true art to them and a few of the stories in this collection do a great job. However, many of them just stopped, mid story with no end, no build-up, etc. It would be like watching a movie where the characters are all introduced and then the credits roll. You are left wondering, "What was the point in that?"

All of the stories had some level of creepiness, some twisted character that gave you a glimpse into their weird thoughts. Quite a few had a demented or violent sexual nature. All of them played on the relationships of the main character and their view on the world.

There was one in particular that I absolutely thought was revolting, although I understand it was written from the perspective of the offender but I thought it was filled with unnecessary detail. It had to do with a rapist/murder and a young child. It was too much for a mom (with a young daughter) to read and it turned me off of the rest of the book from there. Although I did finish, I found that the repetitive darkness of each story was a real downer, especially since the stories were often not developed enough to make them feel complete.

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