Escape Routes by Naomi Ishiguro

When I requested Escape Routes from NetGalley, I obviously was not paying enough attention – I must have been distracted by the attractive cover. I am not a fan of short stories in general as I find them unsatisfying; no sooner have you started reading and it’s all over. Unfortunately, this also means I have nothing to compare these stories with.

Having said all that, the writing is very accomplished, but I was just not emotionally engaged. As the title suggests, there is a theme running through the stories in this collection; in the words of Freddie Mercury, they want to break free. The nine very different stories are a mix of style, length and genre. The three stories about the Rat Catcher have a kind of fairytale quality and they gave me the creeps, as they were no doubt meant to.  

I look forward to reading Naomi Ishiguro’s next book – hopefully it will be a novel – as this was beautifully written, but just not what I was expecting.

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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