Author: Tim Kizer
Published: March 2011
First Line: "When Leslie came back from the ladies room, she found out that Rick had drunk almost all of her poisoned coffee, which Helen Romero had bought to her office just minutes before Rick had barged in unannounced."
Summary: How do you force a confession out of a coworker trying to poison you? Do you kill those who dismiss your fears and believe you are paranoid? What do you do if you start questioning your own suspicions--and sanity--as you take the law into your hands?
In this disturbing tale of derangement, a young psychopathic woman is slipping into madness as she fights an enemy that may exist only in her imagination. She has to resort to desperate measures when she realizes that a gun, security cameras in her apartment, and constant vigilance will not be enough to survive. (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: Intoxication is a novella containing three short stories, each one having a slightly disturbing element to it and a slight twist in the story too.
The first short story is Intoxication which features a woman who is convinced that someone is trying to poison her. It is a story that is filled with paranoia. It kind of makes me glad I don’t drink coffee. Intoxication was quite a creepy story because it was very real in just how paranoid Leslie is. It’s also very good in that I just had to keep reading to find out exactly what was going to happen. Intoxication keeps you reading because you want to see how events will unfold. I really enjoyed reading Intoxication.
The second story, The Hitchhiker, is a story that seems so unreal but at the same time, it could happen. I liked this one but not as much as Intoxication. The thing I liked the most about The Hitchhiker was that there were little twists that appeared at various points of the story. This one really had you hanging on in that you didn’t really know how the story was going to end and in whose favour it would end in.
The third short story is a very short story called The Bike. It was quite an interesting story as it was quite vague. I read through it really quickly because like the other two stories, you’re unsure of where the story is going until you reach the end. I liked the Bike. I liked its simplicity and just the story itself.
Overall, I really enjoyed Intoxication, the stories were all pretty creepy and definitely worth a read. If you’re a fan of horror, or freaky stories that seem unreal but at the same time could happen, then definitely check out Intoxication.
Source: Tim Kizer for review