4 out of 5 stars
On Amazon UK
How I discovered this book: I noticed it was on free promotion, via a tweet.
Genre: Flash and micro fiction, psychological
This collection of pieces was a good choice to read when I woke up today; just right for an hour in bed on Sunday morning.
From the blurb:
These are stories of lives on the edge.
A girl tortured by the
world within her. A boy powerless to escape his home. A mother doomed to
live with her greatest mistake. A man lost in a maze of grief.
raindrop provides a microscopic mirror of ourselves and those around
us. But we can’t always trust what we see. The distorted images
disorientate the mind, altering our view of reality.
(Please note: I had to change 'disorient' to 'disorientate', because I am English!)
I think I liked the first section, Mindscapes, the best; there are some beautiful and haunting snapshots of subjects' lives, perfectly written and evocative. The metaphors used are well chosen, without over-playing them. All pieces are on the dark side, which I like.
As with all collections I had my favourites, but I liked all of them. Sometimes, I could see a whole life in a paragraph, so insightful and artfully captured are they. I think the collection would be enjoyed by anyone who likes to read poetry, or just admires the well drawn sentence. It's the first I've read of Sarah Brentyn, and I'd most definitely recommend. 99p or available on Kindle Unlimited.
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Sunday, 3 December 2017
ON THE EDGE OF A RAINDROP by Sarah Brentyn @SarahBrentyn
Posted by Terry Tyler at 04:34
Labels: 4 out of 5 stars, 4 stars, Flash fiction, On the Edge of a Raindrop, Sarah Brentyn, short stories, Terry Tyler Book Reviews
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Thank you so much for this lovely review, Terry. Quite unexpected and am thrilled you liked On the Edge.ReplyDelete
You're welcome! The unexpected ones are always great, aren't they?!Delete
I was just flicking through my recent downloads on my Kindle yesterday morning, and thought, ah, that will do nicely :)
Excellent review. I can't wait to dive into this book. I thoroughly enjoyed Sarah's first book, Hinting at Shadows, too.ReplyDelete
Yes, this made me want to get that one, too; I will download it soon. Thanks, Diana :)Delete
Sarah is a great writer - thanks for getting news of this book out there, so we can all download!ReplyDelete
I enjoyed Sarah's first book too. This one's in the kindle queue ;-) Sounds great from your review, Terry.ReplyDelete
Thanks - sometimes, I love a nice quick book that fills a gap. Many disappoint - this didn't :)Delete
Terry, stop making me add books to my already ridiculous TBR pile ��ReplyDelete
It takes probably less than an hour to read, Abbie, you could probably fit it in between books!Delete