Reviewed by Haley Verrin
A delightful collection of one-of-a-kind short stories, ranging from serendipitous to macabre and all dealing with the complexity of human psychology in slice of life format. Each is deceptively simple, tightly woven and spare, allowing the point to shine brightly through. Can you tell I really enjoyed this?
In the first story, Copy and Paste, we get introduced to an original. Then reality is skewed when this guy’s carbon copy shows up and the tension builds nicely from there. But my personal favorite is Trucker; isn’t it too true that just as you think all is lost, providence provides? We follow Alex to the brink and watch him jump, following that still, small but insistent voice into the void, hoping the Universe has its nets out to catch him.
Fun and fast, sometimes creepy, I flew through the entire thing, and then sat pondering the sly wisdom of the writing. You won’t have time to be bored; the stories pull you along even as you tell yourself “I’ll just read one more and then get about my business.”
POV is firmly established and the construction supports this offering of delectable appetizers with a juicy desert in the surprising plot twist at the end of each.
The flow was unimpeded save for a couple of hiccups, those being a tiny bit of confusion in Letters about which building the narrator was to go to the top of and 2 teeny typos…yes, I am a stickler for grammar. But even my picky standards simply could not dim my enthusiasm for this work. I couldn’t wait to see where the author would take me next.
Highly recommended, as there is something for everyone here and a feast for those of us who revel in variety. 5 Stars