- File Size: 10852 KB
- Print Length: 221 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Fire Finch Press (July 28, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 28, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01F6FAQZC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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I find it hard to resist short stories. When I need a short respite from long mysteries, I read short stories; they refresh me. These are clever, well-written, evoke a reaction after finishing, and are thought-provoking, as well.
Ms.Lawrence sets a scene, paints the people with personality, and introduces a situation which may, or may not, be influenced by the main character.
I will not label these stories as happy or sad, dark or light, or any other contradictory terms; they just exist as they are. I believe, if any group of people sat down to discuss these stories, the single agreement would be this: each one views the stories through their own experience, which would result in many different points of view to explore among them. They are what YOU will make of them.
I gave this collection a rating of five stars for two reasons, the first being the excellence of the story arc of the plots themselves. The second is an acknowledgment to the writing which told the stories. Each story read smoothly, had good unobtrusive descriptions, and believable and apt conversation. I liked the format, illustrations, and appreciated the error-free text.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes short stories, whether as a steady diet, or as a treat, which they were to myself! Each one is outstanding on its' own; as a collection, they are stunning!
I won’t describe each one but here are a sample of them:-
‘The Itch’ is a fantastic story that will have you itching! I couldn’t stop scratching as I read it, much to the amusement of my partner. I’m even itching as I write this! You will not be able to resist scratching either. It’s a clever story that deals with mental health and is quite graphic in its descriptions.
‘Travelling Slacks’ was one of my favourite stories in this collection. The story is told via the review/s of a Bed and Breakfast establishment and the response/s of the owner. It’s an amusing and very original story, and gets funnier as it moves forward.
‘Bridge Gate’ is a series of letters between a father and daughter. The father is spending time at Her Majesty’s pleasure. His letters to his daughter, who is too young to realise that’s Bridge Gate is a prison, are blunt. He is also very critical of her grammar. As the letter exchange continues, we soon see the real and caring person behind them and warm to him. I didn’t expect the ending at all. It took me completely by surprise.
‘Escape’ is about a baby hell bent on suicide. The idea of this is an unpleasant one. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it’s quite a comedic tale from an interesting viewpoint.
There are many themes in this collection; murder, mental illness, and infidelity are just a few. I’m not usually a fan of short stories. I’ve come across many that have bored me because they’ve had no substance to them. This collection is very different and enjoyable. I would recommend reading them.
Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog
*I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed
Bridge Gate - and just as I eased comfortably into the home stretch of the story...a rude awakening! Ha! How could you JT?
The Itch - I dare you to give in and scratch that itch...be prepared for the outcome!
The Unsuspecting Gold Digger - so he knew, didn't he?...and always seemed a step ahead...unless he orchestrated the whole thing, or part of it, anyway! Whoa, now that's twisted...
Traveling Slacks - a little gem! I wondered where on earth is this going to?... and loved the disintegration as it reached an unexpected 'anti-climactic climax'!
Something Borrowed - memory is so unreliable and selective...add trauma to the mix and it's a cocktail for disaster of all kinds...
She Did It - and she's not your average victim/suspect which invites loads of questions about that seemingly thin line between sanity/insanity... so in this "normal" world we inhabit, who is really sane?
Grey Magic - made me wonder about lots of different things including karma/auras/laws of the universe/stereotyping... but mostly about the fact that energy can never be destroyed, merely converted...
Pigeon Pair - who you gonna call? Pigeonbusters! LOL
The Little Pink Book - image of a collection of cute, sweet, cuddly names in a pink, fluffy, artsy, gingham fabric-textured little pink book that makes you go awwww! Humorous twist to follow...
Off The Hinge - this one meanders... goes off at a tangent...
Sticky Fingers - sticky fingers leave a sticky trail and eventually result in an unexpected sticky ending!
Escape - beware of deceptively cute baby faces... this little critter is on a mission to torture the adults!
A wonderful collection!
Janita's writing is never predictable and her stories are so real, like they could happen to anybody we know!
Much love and joy experienced every time I read one of her books. Absoloutly fabulous! Highly recommend specially
to those that dont have much time to read a full book, these short stories will be just the ticket for those with limited
time on their hands!
Keep doing what you do best Janita! :)