Review: “Diamond Shell” by Deborah Biancotti

3 of 5 stars.

A missing person leads to questions of why? and how? In this absurdist little tale, alternating scenes follow best friend, Shel, as she tries to figure out where Mishi could have gone. The opposing scenes show Mishi 2 days prior–the last day anybody saw the anti-social girl.

The tearful ex-boyfriend that called Shel to the situation is an obvious red herring even to the her and the police. More intriguing is the Tourette’s-suffering, likely schizophrenic homeless guy that reports a clue in the form of a little diary key and an eye-witness report of the girl going through a one-way door to nowhere. . .

Mishi tale merely shows an insomniac in her apartment trying to meditate to calm her mind–she’s looking for her happy place and focusing on the words: adventure, surrender, serenity . . .

This short story was included in the anthology The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2010 edited by Paula Guran.
 
 
 
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