The Trinket Box

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The Trinket Box

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...The writing is excellent, conveying the horror of the situation, and the characters, thought briefly introduced, are conveyed well, each one playing a little extra role in the life of the elderly gentleman. ...

Milty is an old man leaving out his life after seventy years and slowly realising that his memory is slipping. The one thing that he keeps trying to remember is an old Trinket box, filled with a few odds and ends that he recently found. Each one should trigger something, and event or location he can remember, but cannot. Slowly he begins to lose his mind and recollections and on his good days he can know and understand that it is happening. His carer Jason comes each day to help him out, but Milty wants to keep it private. The one day, he appears to receive a message from his dead wife, who passed away five years ago, leading him to head out to try and understand what is happening to him.

At first glance, this is a very well thought out, and to be honest quite harrowing tale, of someone apparently suffering the creeping effects of Alzheimer’s. The forgetfulness, the worry, the realisation all well described and covers the first half of the book. If it had only been that first half this would be a powerful short tale. But the second half starts to introduce a supernatural element to it, and while ghost stories can be powerful and terrifying, they are just that stories. Compared to the ongoing and realistic horror of one poor man slowly losing his mind, and at the same time knowing it, it pales by comparison.

The writing is excellent, conveying the horror of the situation, and the characters, thought briefly introduced, are conveyed well, each one playing a little extra role in the life of the elderly gentleman.

Rating: 4
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Discussion

rz3300 (12 September 2016)
Well reading that little review is really enough to lock me in. Anytime I can find a horror story that is described as "stunning" I am usually okay, and to hear about the need for a long walk afterwards just validates that even more. Thanks for the recommendation, and this is going on the list.

rz3300 (17 September 2016)
This reminds me of a children's story that I am having trouble coming up with the name for. It is about a boy who brings back this old woman's memories with a little box like this, and it really sounds very similar, so I am excited to see if this can live up to that for me. Should be an interesting read.

skye (2 October 2016)
This is not a children's book, so please don't read it to them before reading it first. It is a horror story about dementia and a tear-jerking one at that.

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