Short Take: “The Best of Both Worlds,” S.P. Miskowski

Rating: 5 out of 5

Right off the bat I should point out that S.P. Miskowski’s horror novella The Best of Both Worlds is not a standalone novel. In order to not feel like you’re really missing something, particularly at the end, you need to have read The Worst Is Yet To Come [review]. On the plus side, I enjoyed that book well enough that I went back and re-read it before reading this one, and it was quite worth it. So just make sure you read them in order.

Pigeon and Roland Dempsey are sister and brother. Pigeon works in the school cafeteria, and Roland is the school’s janitor. Both of them go unnoticed much of the time. Women in Pigeon’s mother’s family are born with the ability to speak to the dead, but Pigeon doesn’t have that gift. She seems somehow plugged into the town, however, and she follows rituals to keep her and her brother safe. Roland brings her the, uh, supplies, needed for her rituals.

This is an intriguing story. It’s the flip side of The Worst Is Yet To Come, taking place at the same time. Roland has been following Briar and Tasha, the two girls at the heart of that other book, and finds himself caught in the middle of the strangeness going on around them. He knows one of the girls has gone bad, and that there’s something very strange about her, but he can’t put his finger on any of it.

I can’t say much more without spoiling this short work, so I’ll just say that if you enjoyed that other Miskowski book, you should absolutely read this one!

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