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Literary Fiction Short Stories

The Weddings – Alexander Chee

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February 22, 2020

Attraction

The Weddings, is an intriguing short story looking at gay relationships within the dynamics of marriage, somewhat satirical, somewhat deferential. Marriage, now a legally recognised possibility that has opened up for gay partnerships but the same criteria and decisions need to be made on a personal level. None shout louder…


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Contemporary Fiction

The Book of Echoes – Rosanna Amaka

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February 20, 2020

Reverberate

A powerful potent story of struggle against poverty and discrimination as a young black man and woman take a journey to break free from a predetermined reality in search of a better life. Driven by an ancestral voice, they are destined to meet even though they live worlds apart,…


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Crime Reviews

Crisis Point (A Brad Coulter Novel Book 1) By Dwayne Clayden

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February 17, 2020

Welcome back my book reading friends! Mrs. Y is coming to you with a review of “Crisis Point (A Brad Coulter Novel Book 1) By Dwayne Clayden. This was a requested review by his team, and I received a Kindle version of the book to read for free. I…


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Historical Fiction War

The Traitor – V.S. Alexander

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February 16, 2020

Opposition

The Traitor is a compelling weave of fiction and imaginatively structured fact. A story that relives the harrowing days in Germany under Nazi rule, where young men and women espouse bravery, loyalty and fortitude in their opposition to the Nazi ideology. In 1942 several students at the University of Munich,…


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Literary Fiction Mystery Thriller

Our Little Cruelties – Liz Nugent

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February 14, 2020

Dysfunctional

A psychological drama that paints the most magnificently crafted characters with family interactions that are fascinating, absorbing and downright shocking. The Drumm family, led by the mother Melissa with her three sons, Will, Brian and Luke, seem to be adept at handing out little cruelties (or not so little)…


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Crime Literary Fiction

A Good Father – Catherine Talbot

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February 12, 2020

Neurotic

An unsettling family drama that illustrates the destructive nature of jealousy, selfishness and a crushing dominance on everything in a home and family. A Good Father is well crafted and draws the complexity of human relationships and how damaged personalities can wreak havoc on those around them.

The story is told through…


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Short Stories

Can You Feel This? – Julie Orringer

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February 9, 2020

Trepidation

Can You Feel This? is a tense emotional story of a woman during childbirth and her psychological turmoil with what happened her own mother, haunts her and ignites the fear that she won’t be the dependable mother her child needs.

Emily is a young pregnant woman diagnosed with placenta previa and…


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Fantasy Humour Literary Fiction Short Stories

The Minotaur’s Son: & other wild tales – Kevin Ansbro

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February 6, 2020

Imaginative

The Minotaur’s Son: & other wild tales is a book of short stories that is unbounded in its imagination and entertainment. A collection of tales that I want to imagine being told around the metaphorical campfire, late at night, when the teller want to enthral and beguile their listeners. Stories…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

When You See Me – Lisa Gardner

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February 3, 2020

Unrestrained

When You See Me is an outstanding crime detective story that assures Lisa Gardner as one of the best thriller writers of today. It has so many attributes from location, atmosphere and great characters to an intricate shocking plot that is compelling and keeps you guessing to the end.

It has…


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Literary Fiction Short Stories

Zenith Man – Jennifer Haigh

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February 1, 2020

Zenith Man is a short story from the Inheritance Collection and is inspired by real events.

“This story begins with a 911 call. The first shock was that Harold Pardee’s wife was dead. The second shock was that he had a wife.”

The opening line held so much promise but the drama…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

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