- File Size: 283 KB
- Print Length: 48 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: jessINK (April 27, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 27, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JZOIGZI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#3,744,275 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #17306 in Murder
- #4555 in 90-Minute Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Short Reads
- #14095 in Psychological Thrillers (Kindle Store)
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"Visceral and exciting...beautifully twisted..."
--Joseph Grinton, author of Winternights (UK)
"I'm psyched to have read the fourth story, Skins! Love the theme and the message at the end."
--Reader's Email (Florida, USA)
About the Author
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Although there are just six stories in the book, every one of them is arresting enough to be material for film adaptations. They are not just about killing or hatred, but there are messages behind them as well, even though not every reader may agree with what it has to say. Also, the presentation of the stories is quite interesting as well. For example, one of them is written in the form of a series of email exchanges.
Without giving much of the plots away, I would say this book revolve around the theme of Karma: if you have done something wrong, you will face your payment in kind. This book demonstrates it in a brutal way, which is very clear in the story of the animal skin trader (I won’t give away anything). Not everyone may agree with this morally, but it is certainly a good read.
I must say, I really enjoyed these short stories, some were dark, others were just down right freaky. It was good to try something new and I'm glad I started here. It was thrilling to finish a story and then wonder what crazy stuff would happen in the next one. My girlfriend read it and after the first 2 stories could not put it down. After finishing Owned, I have to read some of Jess C Scott's other work. I'm excited to start with one of her other novels.
Owned had me revisiting that moment by the end of the first of its six stories. Each tries to work in some measure of shock factor by showcasing humanity at its worst. And I do mean worst.
Scott redeems readers' shock with satisfying acts of revenge and some creative storytelling elements. For example, one story is an e-mail conversation going back and forth.
The one-two punch of the shock-kill formula will work well for those prepared for Scott's brand of crime fiction. Just know that some passages will require an open mind. Owned reminded me to give a kick to my comfort zone as a reader and take a chance on something unusual.
The stories are united by one theme: revenge. And in every case, the reader is on the side of the avenger because the perpetrator is a truly awful person. The abusive father; the rapist; the murderous boyfriend; the cruel animal killer; the untrustworthy therapist; the Internet bully: all get their just desserts, usually in a spectacularly gory manner.
The writing is interesting, almost experimental in places, and the author has explored several contrasting styles to provide a short story collection which is varied, entertaining and sustains the reader's interest. However, some of these stories are purposeful with an intrinsic message. I think this works best in Skins which challenges the use of animals in fashion and furnishings and in Owned which addresses the damage that can be done by the cyber-powerful against innocent victims.
Overall I enjoyed reading the collection and think it's well worth a look.
Each tale was exciting as the last as I progressed through the book, there is a certain shock element to each story that I fear some readers will have trouble stomaching, but to me, these were well thought out, gripping tales, covering nicely some situations that are so wrong in this world of ours that authors tend to steer clear of writing about.
A great introduction to a new author to me, I'll certainly look out for and read more work of hers in the future.
Top international reviews
In this book, you will find a mix of excerpts from her novels and original short stories. The overwhelming themes in all the stories is murder and revenge.
Twins plot to kill their abusive father; an e-mail exchange between two friends who have both suffered abuse/rape contains the essence of a plot to take revenge on the perpetrator; in a paranormal story, a young girl takes revenge from beyond the grave; illegal animal skin traders are about to face their comeuppance in a tale that combines dark magic and vivid imagery; a dark and twisted man who takes advantage of his professional position meets his match; twin sisters take revenge on an online bully in an original way.
If you like dark fiction, you'll love these twisted tales.
The stories are well-written and keep the reader captivated until the last word.
I would highly recommend this book.