DIS MEM BER And Other Stories of Mystery and Suspense by Joyce Carol Oates

Five Stars

This is yet another must-read collection of short stories by my favorite short story writer. Her style is literary, yet her mystery and suspense are every bit as gripping as Stephen King’s. She has captured the voice of the teenage female acting as either a protagonist or an antagonist. The first five stories are written from teenagers’ points of view. The fifth and sixth are equally effective from a put-out adult’s POV with the last being down-right funny. Each story is insightful and entertaining. Candidly, this is not an unbiased review, I read Ms. Oates whenever I stumble on new publications with her moniker attached.