Reviews of Dark Fiction

Children of Chicago by Cynthia Pelayo

CHILDREN OF CHICAGO is a delicious blend of police procedural, fairy tale, and psychological horror story.

I listened to this book on audio, joining the Horror Aficionados group read, where the author was nice enough to join us and answer any questions we had. (This is a lovely feature we have every month, you should join us!).

The tale itself was intricately woven, hiding its secrets deep and only letting them trickle out a little a time. I felt for some of the characters right off, and in certain examples, my feelings towards them in the end were completely different. I love when that happens! To me that shows the author has a deft hand in manipulating my feelings-the hallmark of a great story-teller.

I loved this story with all of its twists and turns, but what I did not like was the narrator. Of course, narrators are a highly personal thing and you may love her. If my reading schedule had been a bit lighter, I would have switched from the audio to the written version. However, the story was so compelling I stuck with it and I’m glad I did.

I think Cynthia Pelayo is an author to watch, mark my words.

*I bought this audio from Audible with my hard earned cash.*

Children of Chicago Book Cover Children of Chicago
Cynthia Pelayo
Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Psychological Thriller
Tantor Audio
May 11, 2021
9 Hours, 15 Minutes

This horrifying retelling of the Pied Piper fairytale set in present-day Chicago is an edge-of-your-seat, chills-up-the-spine thrill ride. When Detective Lauren Medina sees the calling card at a murder scene in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood, she knows the Pied Piper has returned. When another teenager is brutally murdered at the same lagoon where her sister's body was found floating years before, she is certain that the Pied Piper is not just back, he's looking for payment he's owed from her. Lauren's torn between protecting the city she has sworn to keep safe, and keeping a promise she made long ago with her sister's murderer. She may have to ruin her life by exposing her secrets and lies to stop the Pied Piper before he collects.

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