About the Book
A collection of deliciously twisted short stories by Jon Richter, author of Deadly Burial. Featuring psychological thrillers, grisly horror, science fiction, fantasy and more, these dark tales are perfect for anyone who likes their reads sinister, chilling, and with an occasional dash of black humour.
With thanks to the author for the copy received.
I never used to read a lot of short stories but that has changed over the last few months. Mostly they are authors that I am familiar with, this book is probably the first one that doesn’t really fall into the crime fiction genre and all come from an author that I have never read before.
They are horror, mainly futuristic and all have a similar theme where technology is much more advanced than it is now. Not being very technology minded I found this quite creepy and at times very intimidating. I’m not sure I want to be around if we get to a situation where all forms of technology are this scary.
I didn’t read them all at once, I find I do appreciate short stories more when I read one at a time but I did find them quick and enjoyable to read. There were none that I disliked but my favourite was The Execs.
About the Book
What if your life was built on lies?
Julia Simmonds had never been bothered about not knowing who her father was. Having temperamental supermodel, Philadelphia Simmonds, as a mother was more than enough. Until she discovers she’s the secret love-child of the late, great artist Bruce Baldwin, and her life changes forever.
Uncovering the secrets of a man she never knew, Julia discovers that Bruce had written her one letter, every year until her eighteenth birthday, urging his daughter to learn from his mistakes.
Julia begins to dig deeper into the mysterious past of her parents, opening up a history she’d never have imagined, but as she discovers the truth she needs to decide if she is willing to forgive and forget…
I only occasionally read a romance fiction but every now again I appreciate a break from my usual choice of crime fiction. I am glad that I noticed the opportunity to read this book as part of a blog tour because I really enjoyed it.
Julia’s life changes completely when the father she has never known makes her the sole beneficiary in his will. As well as the property, money and possessions she is also handed a series of letters that has always been returned unopened. She has to come to terms with why her mother did this, as well as the reasons why his identity was always kept secret. Luckily there were quite a few people, all who knew what she didn’t, who could help.
This was a novel that I found very quick to read. I thought it was a lovely story with some very engaging people. I enjoyed Delph’s attempts at rebuilding the relationship with her daughter in the only way she knew. Even if it wasn’t the easiest way it worked. I loved the budding romance between Julia and Edwin, his disappointment at not remembering him from when she was a child and both of their reluctance to admit their feelings for each other. Happily, all the other characters and the reader could see how they were meant to be together. I don’t think there was one weak character, or one that I didn’t like. They all felt like normal people with good points and bad.
As I said earlier, this novel was out of my comfort zone but I’m glad that I have a found a new author whose books I will look out for in the future.
With thanks to the author for the copy received and to Jenny Marston for the chance to take part in the blog tour.
The Book can be purchased at Amazon