Short Story Review: ‘Ernestine and Kit’ by Kevin Barry

Story Title: ‘Ernestine and Kit’ by Kevin Barry
Collection/Anthology?: Dark Lies the Island (Jonathan Cape)
Briefly: It’s a perfect sunny day in June and Ernestine and Kit (a pair of ‘respectable’ senior ladies) set off in their car to visit some castles. It soon becomes clear however that there’s something a lot more sinister on their mind, than simple sightseeing.
Afterthoughts: ‘Ernestine and Kit’ is a story of two halves. The first half is somewhat laid back and cheery and bathed in the golden light of a summer’s day. The second half is an altogether more manic affair, as the clouds of evil begin to form overhead. There are subtle hints in the prose during the first half that suggest that these dear old ladies aren’t quite what they seem, and as the story goes on – and the mind begins to question and ponder – it slowly becomes more and more obvious that something more sinister is afoot.

Penned with plump descriptions and laced with lashings of humour, ‘Ernestine and Kit’ brings a new and dark activity to the pool of senior pastimes. Brilliant!

Rating: ★★★★★

This story was read as part of a review of Kevin Barry’s latest short story collection, Dark Lies the Island. If you want to find out more about the book, or you want to read other reviews from this collection, then I invite you to pop along to my forethoughts post for this title. I also invite you to take a trip over to the publisher page for this title.

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