9.14.2023 | Thursday

His Happy Place

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His Happy Placetitle: His Happy Place
author: Zakiya Dalila Harris
series: Getaway #2
published: 31 August 2022
publisher: Amazon Original Stories
genre(s): thrillers
pages: 45
source: Kindle Unlimited
format: eBook
buy/shelve it: Amazon | Goodreads

rating: five-stars | series rating: five-stars

the blurb

A quiet weekend in the wilderness, just the two of them. How romantic. But new love turns to terror in a suspenseful short story from the New York Times bestselling author of The Other Black Girl.

When Ama’s straitlaced boyfriend, Nathan, invites her to his secluded upstate New York cabin for the weekend, she can’t say no. It’s a chance for them to escape the city’s distractions, share intimate secrets, and take their relationship to a deeper level. By day, it feels like the perfect love story. But when Ama is awakened by strange events, she starts to wonder if she really wants to know everything about Nathan.

His Happy Place by Zakiya Dalila Harris is part of Getaway, a collection of six stories about dream escapes that take unimaginable, even sinister, turns. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single sitting.


  • my review
  • a few notes

This was an odd little read, which is really what appealed to me. It began where it ended, but it was the middle that was the true heart of it. It was the kind of story that leaves you wondering just what happened. In part because Ama may not be a reliable narrator of her own tale, there are no clear-cut answers, which allows the reader to consider all sorts of different explanations. In a bigger read, this might annoy me. But in a short read, I love the ability to interpret it different ways.

steamy rating: 0🔥s
language level:
0🤬s

POV: 3rd person
keywords/phrases: ghosts, hallucinations, murder


About Zakiya Dalila Harris

Zakiya Dalila Harris spent nearly three years in editorial at Knopf/Doubleday before leaving to write her debut novel The Other Black Girl. Prior to working in publishing, Zakiya received her MFA in creative writing from The New School. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Guernica, and The Rumpus. She lives in Brooklyn.

Rating Report
plot
five-stars
characters
five-stars
writing
five-stars
pacing
five-stars
Overall: five-stars
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