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When a detective, a new mother, is assigned to the case of a horrific triple murder, it appears to be a self-contained domestic tragedy, a terrible event but something that doesn’t affect the rest of the community. But it slowly becomes clear that something much darker may be at play, something that spreads out from the scene of the crime to corrode the closest relationshi When a detective, a new mother, is assigned to the case of a horrific triple murder, it appears to be a self-contained domestic tragedy, a terrible event but something that doesn’t affect the rest of the community. But it slowly becomes clear that something much darker may be at play, something that spreads out from the scene of the crime to corrode the closest relationships of everyone it touches.


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When a detective, a new mother, is assigned to the case of a horrific triple murder, it appears to be a self-contained domestic tragedy, a terrible event but something that doesn’t affect the rest of the community. But it slowly becomes clear that something much darker may be at play, something that spreads out from the scene of the crime to corrode the closest relationshi When a detective, a new mother, is assigned to the case of a horrific triple murder, it appears to be a self-contained domestic tragedy, a terrible event but something that doesn’t affect the rest of the community. But it slowly becomes clear that something much darker may be at play, something that spreads out from the scene of the crime to corrode the closest relationships of everyone it touches.

30 review for The Nearest

  1. 5 out of 5

    karen

    “I’ve got a shocker for you, Sarge. Sorry.” short review for a short story!! i did not see this one coming at all. it starts out as a police procedural/murrrrrderrr mystery and soon becomes something else that becomes something else in a perfect storm cocktail of unreliable narrator, spoooooky twilight zone nightmare scenario, and "wait, but what IF???" realization that dredges the reader through fifty shades of doubt before leaving them with what will probably be a lifelong fear of figs. intrigui “I’ve got a shocker for you, Sarge. Sorry.” short review for a short story!! i did not see this one coming at all. it starts out as a police procedural/murrrrrderrr mystery and soon becomes something else that becomes something else in a perfect storm cocktail of unreliable narrator, spoooooky twilight zone nightmare scenario, and "wait, but what IF???" realization that dredges the reader through fifty shades of doubt before leaving them with what will probably be a lifelong fear of figs. intriguing, no? it's a bit longer than many of the free tor shorts, so make sure you have enough time to settle in with it and then get ready to add one more thing to your list of "irrational things i worry about in the wee insomniac hours." read it for yourself here: https://www.tor.com/2018/07/19/the-ne... come to my blog!

  2. 3 out of 5

    Claudia

    When I think of Greg Egan, I think of hard math sci-fi. This story has nothing to do with his usual themes: it’s a murder mystery with a biological component, something Greg Bear would write. It reminded me of a case I read in Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind. Interesting enough but not what I expected from Egan. It can be read on Tor.com: https://www.tor.com/2018/07/19/the-ne...

  3. 3 out of 5

    Gary

    Award-winning Australian SF author Egan starts this offbeat brain-twister like any other detective story: Kate is called to investigate a horrific crime in which a man and his children are found dead in their home, while his wife has gone missing. With no apparent motive, Kate presumes the wife was kidnapped by the killers, but it soon becomes obvious that she was the killer. Without getting into any spoilers, I’ll say that shit goes sideways from there. Egan is most famous for his math-based sc Award-winning Australian SF author Egan starts this offbeat brain-twister like any other detective story: Kate is called to investigate a horrific crime in which a man and his children are found dead in their home, while his wife has gone missing. With no apparent motive, Kate presumes the wife was kidnapped by the killers, but it soon becomes obvious that she was the killer. Without getting into any spoilers, I’ll say that shit goes sideways from there. Egan is most famous for his math-based sci-fi, but in my favorite of his recent stories, he’s told more personal tales where mathematics and science are more peripheral concerns. “The Nearest” is one of those – not a straight work of science fiction or of fantasy, but a titillating, and somewhat disquieting, work of pure speculation. It’s not hard for the reader to figure out what Kate needs to do to solve this problem once it is unmasked, but watching her do it is certainly a nail-biter.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    This sci-fi/horror short story was a surprisingly good one. Surprising as it had the feel of a police procedural or crime story and I'm generally not a big fan of those. I was wary in the early stages that I'd fail to engage with story and fail to engage with the characters emotionally but to Egan's credit the more of this I read the more engaged I became. This followed the story of Kate, a detective recently returned to duty from maternity leave, as she investigated her latest case. The murder This sci-fi/horror short story was a surprisingly good one. Surprising as it had the feel of a police procedural or crime story and I'm generally not a big fan of those. I was wary in the early stages that I'd fail to engage with story and fail to engage with the characters emotionally but to Egan's credit the more of this I read the more engaged I became. This followed the story of Kate, a detective recently returned to duty from maternity leave, as she investigated her latest case. The murder of a man and two young children with the main suspect being the missing wife. It seems a case of domestic violence but Kate soon begins to suspect there might be more to it. Which there was thanks to a fun sci-fi twist! I've read enough zombie stories that I knew the general direction this story was going in and guessed a lot of the twists but even so I think Egan made a lot of good choices and provided a fresh twist to this one that kept the level of tension high and to keep me interested in the happenings. I also quite enjoyed the ending. I was aware of Egan as a writer but figured him as the sort who wrote old school hard sci-fi stories, and there is a still a hint of that in his writing, so he was very low on my list of sci-fi authors to try but this story has changed my perception of him as it was more engaging than I was expecting and the wrap up was good enough that I've faith in him as a storyteller I can trust to deliver the story of tale I'll enjoy. I'll definitely consider trying one of his full novels in the future. Rating: 3.5 stars. I was torn between this and a full 4 stars. I'll round up here at Goodreads.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Not bad. Saw where it was going, but got there logically. “It’s not you, it’s me.” 3, solid, stars.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Arden

    What could turn a human being into a walking automaton, a vacant caricature of the person they’d been? Some kind of toxin? Some kind of disease? Felt just like an episode of Black Mirror. Good mix of police procedural suspense, and the thrill of a captivating science fiction story.

  7. 3 out of 5

    ashley c

    A family was murdered, mother missing, she's the prime suspect. A detective intuited that this was more than a domestic case and set out to investigate. Loved the premise, story was short and sweet. Prose was straightforward and it wasn't as impactful as it could have been.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Delta

    4.5 No-spoilers-but-you-should-read-it stars. This is a free horror short that you can click to from the URL on the GR description page. Enjoy!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    One word – psychosophical. Haha!

  10. 3 out of 5

    Gregoire

    le format "nouvelle" est un excellent choix pour mettre en exergue l'atmosphère particulièrement angoissante Savoir qui est du "bon côté" en se fondant uniquement sur le ressenti... Une histoire qui fait réfléchir sur le pouvoir de l'émotif sur nos comportements et surtout sur la fragilité de nos certitudes Un grand merci à Tor pour mettre à disposition gratuitement toutes ces nouvelles

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Lackey

    An adequate short story but not what I’d expect from Greg Egan. Logically consistent plot twist was telegraphed hard the whole time, and none of the characters were particularly compelling. I wish PKD had written this story, would have actually been entertaining.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nerine Dorman

    A solid read I picked up over at Tor.com – https://www.tor.com/2018/07/19/the-ne... I pretty much saw where this was going as soon as things started getting interesting, but this was nonetheless a great story.

  13. 3 out of 5

    Soh Kam Yung

    A fascinating tale that starts off as a slightly futuristic detective story involving a shocking murder of a family and a search for the missing mother by a detective. But it suddenly switches gear when the detective discovers that the people she knows and love don't appear to be what they are. The two sides of the story are obviously connected to the reader, but it would require the detective, in her new state, to continue with the investigation and connect the dots before coming to the same con A fascinating tale that starts off as a slightly futuristic detective story involving a shocking murder of a family and a search for the missing mother by a detective. But it suddenly switches gear when the detective discovers that the people she knows and love don't appear to be what they are. The two sides of the story are obviously connected to the reader, but it would require the detective, in her new state, to continue with the investigation and connect the dots before coming to the same conclusion and figuring out how they might be connected. A fascinating story about dealing with a world that suddenly appears 'wrong' and working through the evidence to come to the correct conclusion.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chris Fox

    More Twilight Zone than Science Fiction The brilliance of Permutation City, Distress, and Schild’s Ladder isn’t back in this short story. More Persian, but at least not based on speculative physics. The Egan of those earlier books is one of my favorite writers but this was just a good read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Pyles

    An intriguing story that pulls you in and forces you to finish it! Egan does a good job with keeping the tension alive throughout the story and I was continually questioning Kate's intentions throughout the story as well. I will say the pacing didn't work entirely for me and the ending, fell sorta flat. Kind of a mix of Body Snatchers and Gone Girl.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Beth Roberts

    Hmm. This was a diversion from the standard Tor offerings. Murder mystery with a twist. However, it seemed to drag for me when so many others don't. I liked that it was Australian, and I especially liked the fruit bat theory. Otherwise, not my favorite.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Fuego

    It was a very good read. The storyline was pretty predictable, but paradoxically, I didn't want a twist ending at all, because I love the ambiguity left hanging. Now the question "Is the world mad, or am I?" will be lingering in my mind for the next few days.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jorg

    An excellent short concerning one of the creepier and most fascinating mental disorder, and...but I will not reveal anything else. As usual with Egan, the central idea is awesome and the execution, almost perfect. "Saved by the ansaphone", indeed.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katlin

    Nice and short. I got a bit lost on the plot in the middle but I think I got it back near the end.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I understand that its a short story but I feel like I gained nothing from the experience of reading it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Ward

    I liked the writing in this one, but the psychological twist was kind of obvious to me from the start. Interesting, but no real surprises. 3.5

  22. 4 out of 5

    Steven Cole

    This is a tor.com freebie. Creepy tale. Enjoyable.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Simon Fenton

    This felt incredibly different to almost every other Egan work I can remember reading. Not bad but didn’t grab me at all.

  24. 3 out of 5

    Evaggelos Balaskas

    Nice short story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    This was excellent. Super creepy.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The change is too abrupt, but the story is very captivating!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    4 Stars The Nearest is an interesting science fiction novella by one of my favorite hard science fiction authors Greg Egan. A great summer read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This totally freaked me out. I can't believe it is a real thing.

  29. 3 out of 5

    Izzy

    3.5 stars i hate when i read an amazing short but am left hoping it was a longer story.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Enormously creepy, eerie story that leaves you wondering which end's up for almost the entire time.

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