The Lady in the Moonlight

A Collection of Paranormal and Mystery Tales

Fiction - Paranormal
37 Pages
Reviewed on 04/23/2018
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Reviewed by Robin Goodfellow for Readers' Favorite

The Lady in the Moonlight by Lathish Shankar is a collection of five short vignettes, all of which intertwine love and death in a way that’s absolutely stunning. Each story takes on a life of its own, as each character recalls their bittersweet past, only to find themselves slowly drifting past the boundaries of reality. From a lost love longing for her beloved to come back, to a young man who never fully lived until he lost his partner to society, each of the stories is laced with an elegant sorrow that seems to take on a life of its own. It’s as enchanting as it is dark, and readers will enjoy the author’s characters in their brief, yet beautiful lives.

The concepts are morbid as well as determined to show the degradation of love, whether it be romantic or familial. One of the stories that stood out for me was “Goodbye Papa.” The main protagonist had Parkinson’s Disease, and because of that, he wasn’t able to do anything. His family didn’t love him, simply because he couldn’t do anything. In other words, he was being sentenced to death by the very people that were supposed to care about him. Nonetheless, the book wasn’t perfect. The syntax could use a bit of work, and I would’ve liked the stories to be a bit more fleshed out. Still, the collection on the whole was enjoyable. I liked the twists and turns of the vignettes, and that these emphasized the pain of dancing near the edge of death. As such, I recommend it to those readers who enjoy the darker side of literature.