Kathleen Jennings

fiction fantasy horror short stories
dark mysterious slow-paced

176 pages | first published 2020

In a small Western Queensland town, a reserved young woman receives a note from one of her vanished brothers—a note that makes question her memories of their disappearance and her father’s departure.

A beguiling story that proves that gothic delights and uncanny family horror can live—and even thrive—under a burning sun, Flyaway introduces readers to Bettina Scott, whose search for the truth throws her into tales of eerie dogs, vanished schools, cursed monsters, and enchanted bottles.

In these pages Jennings assures you that gothic delights, uncanny family horror, and strange, unsettling prose can live—and even thrive—under a burning sun.

Holly Black describes as “half mystery, half fairy tale, all exquisitely rendered and full of teeth.” Flyaway enchants you with the sly, beautiful darkness of Karen Russell and a world utterly its own.

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dark 93%
mysterious 87%
tense 31%
challenging 15%
reflective 15%
adventurous 12%
emotional 12%
sad 6%
hopeful 3%
relaxing 3%


medium 58%
slow 32%
fast 9%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 33% | Character: 33% | Plot: 33%

Strong character development?

Yes: 44% | No: 29% | It's complicated: 25%

Loveable characters?

No: 50% | It's complicated: 35% | Yes: 14%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 74% | Yes: 14% | It's complicated: 11%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 69% | It's complicated: 19% | No: 11%

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