“Ida Peck was nearsighted. REALLY nearsighted. She had been burdened throughout her life with wearing thick glasses, and was nearly blind without them. So when her best friend, Leonie Williams, suggested that she have laser surgery to correct her vision, she thought that was a pretty appealing idea.
And the surgery succeeded — perhaps too well. Because once Ida had her eyes fixed, and was able to enjoy something she’d never had before — peripheral vision — she began to see things out of the corner of her eye. Things no one else could see. Her friends and her eye doctor all tell her that this is no problem, that it happens to everyone, that she’ll get used to it, that the little shadows and patterns of light you see in your peripheral vision aren’t real.
Unfortunately, Ida finds out fairly quickly that even if her friends can’t see what she sees, the creatures in her periphery are very real indeed.
Even more alarmingly, Ida discovers that once she became aware of the creatures in the shadows, they became aware of her. And when one of them starts to follow her around, and causing trouble for her and her friends, she decides that maybe having laser surgery hadn’t been such a good idea, after all.
Set in the village of Broussard, Louisiana, “Periphery” is the story of three good friends, whose unflinching loyalty to each other leads them to take on the monsters that lurk in the shadows.”
Like half the books I have, I can’t recall how I stumbled across this to save my life. I do remember, however, that I found the cover and synopsis interesting. I often consider the things I see from my peripheral vision, wondering just how real they are in this world.
As for the book, what you see is definitely what you get in this case. By that I mean that it’s a short, fun read. If you’re seeking something of this nature that delves deep into the mythology at the core of it all, I don’t recommend this. However, if you simply want a fun story about the power of friendship and how even the best of ideas can have consequences, you just might enjoy Periphery! Personally, I’d love to read something with more depth and detail, but I did not dive in expecting such from this short tale.
As for the writing itself, it’s very easy to read and understand. The typos I saw were very small mistakes that, while still noticeable to me, did not distract from the story.
I’ve heard many people say that it’s impossible to become attached to the people in short stories. I think that’s bullshit; like with longer works, I’ve found it to be a personal thing with each story. In the case of Periphery, I didn’t become attached them. That’s not to say I didn’t feel something, but I think the strongest emotion I felt was annoyance towards Karen.
Above all else, I found myself very interested in the folklore, but, unfortunately, that was one of the most lacking parts.
Again, if you’re looking for a quick read, I think this might satisfy your taste.
Overall, I rate Gordon Bennet’s Periphery 3 out of 5 stars.