Review by Kate Jones
The arguments actually reflect a lot of the thoughts and internal debates Margot has with herself as she narrates the somewhat odd relationship they have. She feels both affection and disgust over Robert. There is also a deep sense of foreboding as the story develops, and the power moves back and forth between them. Red flags are going up all over the place, and I genuinely couldn’t see where the story was going.
Whichever side of the Twitter debate you come down on, ‘Cat Person’ and the other stories that appear in this debut collection reveal a fresh new voice in short fiction. They also reveal the seedy underside to sexual politics, dating and modern women’s lives. The narrative voice reminded me a little of Rebecca Schiff’s debut collection The Bed Moved, in their portrayal of young women navigating life in the 21st Century.
The book itself, unusually for such a collection, is labelled ‘horror’ because of its dark content and often repelling, but always fascinating, themes. Definitely not a collection for the sensitive reader: my heart was racing along with the narrative of these stories.
You Know You Want This (2019) is published by Jonathan Cape.
Kate Jones is a freelance writer, yoga lover and NHS worker from the North of England. Her essays, reviews and flash fiction have appeared in many varied places, including Spelk, Feminartsy and The Short Story.