"I Think I'm Alone Now" Book Review

Written by Steve Pattee

Published by Grindhouse Press

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Written by Ali Seay
2024, 141 pages, Fiction
Released on May 10th, 2024

Review:

First, a PSA. Besides this review, which will absolutely be spoiler free, go into Ali Seay’s I Think I’m Alone Now blind. I assure you, it’s the only way to do it. Okay, I’ll allow you to read the synopsis on the back. Shoutout to whoever wrote it up; they need to work in the trailer department of any and all movie studios because it gives nothing away.

I was sold on I Think I’m Alone Now almost immediately after it was announced. Having enjoyed Seay’s Hysteria: Lolly & Vanity, this was already going to be on my radar, but add to it both it’s a coming-of-age novella (yes!) set in the ‘80s (YES!), I was all in.

The book centers on Dorie, a young teenager hitting puberty and going through all the changes that entails, including some mood swings. Dorie has this weird neighbor (don’t we all), Mr. Frank, who seems to pay a lot of attention to her. She doesn’t know his intentions, so she goes out of her way to avoid him…until she can’t. Then things really start to happen. Oh, and did I mention she recently narrowly avoided being assaulted after a recent a trio of punks broke into her house? Like many of us in the ‘80s, Dorie is a latchkey kid and was home alone when it happened. Aaah, the ‘80s.

Seay does a phenomenal job telling this story. She’s very subtle in her delivery as to what’s going on, and for this type of tale, it’s crucial. I audibly gasped more than once while reading I Think I’m Alone Now, with the first time being so shocking in its nonchalant delivery, I re-read the scene twice to make sure what happened…happened (it did). And then there is that Sixth Sense moment, where everything comes together at once and my brain about exploded. But don’t go looking for any twists, there aren’t any. There’s no ‘shock ending’. It’s a well-executed and near-perfect delivery. Seay tells this great story so organically, when the pieces are finally set and the game begins, it’s stunning how eloquently Seay lays it all out. The novella goes to a place I was not expecting, and that is such a beautiful thing.

I can’t recommend I Think I’m Alone Now highly enough. We’re not even halfway through the year, but I honestly can’t see this not being on my favorites-of-the-year list. It’s spectacular. And I beg you, go into the novella without much more knowledge other than you’re in for a delicious treat.

Grades:

Overall: 5 Star Rating Cover
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Steve Pattee
US Editor, Admin
He's the puppet master. You don't see him, but he pulls the strings that gets things done. He's the silent partner. He's black ops. If you notice his presence, it's the last thing you'll notice — because now you're dead. He's the shadow you thought you saw in that dark alleyway. You can have a conversation with him, and when you turn around to offer him a cup of coffee, he's already gone.
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