This story was makes your skin crawl in many different ways, which makes it a really successful read.. The author is able to make you feel for a young girl who at the very edge could so easily go either way. She's not evil, just young and confused and needs some guidance from an adult she can respect. Marcie received guidance and nurturing, but Aunt Helen's is the worst possible kind. Great descriptions of psychological manipulation, and the physical ghoulishness is almost too good. He packs a lot of info into the short story format and makes you wonder where Marcie will be in ten years. A really entertaining story that draws you in so you care, for better or worse, about the characters.
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