As noted on the front cover, Twisted Obsession by Yawatta Hosby is a suspense novel. “Obsession” seems to me to be more powerful than “suspense” and for me, the novel did not rise to my standard of “obsession.” It is a good story and for some might be very predictable. If I read the novel entirely based on surface reading and logic, there would have been no surprises. In fact, I was surprised; I expected more than the ending delivered.
When describing the good points of The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque by Jeffrey Ford, the list is long and begins with the attention-getting cover. On the edition I downloaded from Instafreebie, an attractive woman dressed formally in what might be thought of as Victorian-era clothing leads me to believe this is a historical novel. The subtitle, “The Soul is a Dark Canvas,” makes me think there is a psychological element. A blurb from the Baltimore Sun says there is Art History, cool. It is not my strong interest but I like discovering new information. “Hitchcockian suspense,” the phrase doesn’t roll off the tongue but I am a fan of Hitchcock. “Pynchonesque augury,” seems a bit over the top and I don’t like Pynchon. With four pluses and one negative, I am going to read this. Also, I got it from Instafreebie. It sells for USD 6.99 on Amazon with no caveat for a KU read. The cover here is the Amazon cover.
At fourteen pages Redcar Collector by Glenn McGoldrick might count as flash fiction. Starting out as an almost absurd account of an unlikely situation, this story ends with three sentences that will make a reader go “Huh, what did I just read?” There is another question I had which has little to do with the story as presented. How does the story title relate to anything in the story?
Geoff thinks it’s time to celebrate his son’s birthday. It is Jason’s thirty-third birthday and it would be nice if he could share the cake with Geoff, but Jason hadn’t lived past thirty. This did not stop Geoff from celebrating but wife Sandra refused to participate in a celebration that would lead to more depression and sadness for her.
I read Dream On by Erik Carter in an advance copy form. I was happy that I did not find typos and evidence of poor editing as is sometimes the case with advance copies. I was even more happy that this was a pleasant read with an interesting premise that held my attention throughout the novel. Carter points out in a beginning author note that the novel centers around a controversial religious theory and the author points out a source for further research. As I began to read, I expected that there would be some huge religious-based revelation that would produce chaos across cultures. But there is more to it than that.