A young wife is home alone when the phone rings in "So Help Me God," the first of nine short stories in this collection by National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Oates; is the flirting voice really her jealous husband laying a trap, or a stranger who knows entirely too much about her? In "Madison at Guignol" an unhappy fashionista discovers a secret door inside her favorite clothing store and insists the staff let her enter—though even her fevered imagination cannot anticipate the horror they have been hiding.
"Suspense fiction is like a powerful drug: one page, one taste, can induce such a tingly, speedy feeling that it takes an almost superhuman effort not to finish everything off in just one sitting. At least, that's how it is with Joyce Carol Oates's new collection."—NYTBR