Addiction, betrayal, poverty, despair, and survival.
This one is pretty disturbing and creepy. At times, brutal. At times, heartbreaking. Lilly was born with a rare heart disorder. Born to junkie parents. Born of ashes. She lives in constant pain. She is looking for someone or something to take the pain away. The ghosts of the past are all around her and they desperately want her become one of them.
This is a pretty dark tale from Mr. Matthews. He does not pull any punches when it comes to the ugliness and tragedy of addiction. Mix that in with a healthy dose of delusion and the supernatural and you get a pretty bleak, yet engrossing novella.