Finnegan’s Field by Angela Slatter

Finnegan’s Field by Angela Slatter
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Horror, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (41 pages)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Finnegan’s Field by Angela Slatter is a dark fantasy novelette about a six year old child who mysteriously disappears for three years, only to return home just as mysteriously–but not quite the same. At least, not to her mother.

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Anne was such an interesting character. Her personality was well developed and three dimensional. I felt every ounce of her grief in the beginning and her anger later on once she got to know her daughter better and began to form theories about what might have happened while the girl was away from home. Seeing her personal development over time was fascinating, and it makes me want to read more from Ms. Slatter in the future.

There was one part of the storyline that didn’t quite make sense. It had to do with how the police responded after Madrigal disappeared. Officers interviewed multiple possible suspects, of course. What I didn’t quite understand was how they responded to certain members of the community who had shaky reputations for various reasons. While those people weren’t known to be kidnappers, I would have liked to see a more thorough explanation of how the police handled these folks. They didn’t seem to dig quite as deeply into those people’s lives as I would have expected to see, and that was distracting even though I enjoyed this tale quite a bit in general.

The plot twists in this story were quite well done. I didn’t see one of the major ones coming, and it chilled me to the bones in a good way. It was interesting to look back and think about the gentle clues I’d missed in earlier scenes, especially once Anne began to gather more and more evidence that her daughter wasn’t the same little girl she’d known before Madrigal disappeared.

Finnegan’s Field made me shudder. I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys the dark side of science fiction.

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