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Review: Preternatural 3, Reckoning by Peter Topside

This is the final chapter for Blackheart and Mr. Smith, and I was not disappointed. The story takes place a year after the second book. Meadowsville is trying to put their town back together when the unthinkable returns.

I enjoyed that there was a distinct battle between good and evil, light and darkness. The divide amongst the townspeople resembles much of our society. Many see things in black and white and forget their faith quite quickly. Interestingly, even those that want to do good are often coaxed into agreeing with something that they know will end badly. The politics amongst the townspeople, mayor, and town council is expertly explained, not just through the town meetings but through the emotional turmoil that the mayor is enduring.

The book contained great foreshadowing, which I won’t explain for fear of spoilers. It showed extensive character growth amongst the leading group and the town. I think that it had a fitting end with closure for the readers. The worst thing when reading a book is feeling like something was left unsaid. Peter did a wonderful job wrapping this story up.

My favourite part was that we heard more about the town’s beginnings, which I would love to read more about. Perhaps Peter will give us a prequel?

The book releases on April 12, 2022. Get your copy here.

 

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Review: Knuckle, Crack, Bone by Derek Scarzella

The book draws the reader in right from page one, which shows a glimpse of someone who tries to steal money from the mafia. It isn’t pretty. We follow along with three friends who are part of this mafia and the lengths they will go to for each other.

There is excellent character development seen throughout the story. Delving into the backstories of the three main characters and why they are in this predicament. At times the author will jump scenes, and it isn’t always clear that this is about to happen. A few asterisks between those shifts will help with that for future books.

My favourite part of the book was the ending and how it made the entire story and character development come together. It was a very satisfying ending.

Get your copy here.

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A Little Scare

It’s almost ready! This book deviates from what I have published in the past but horror has always been my favourite genre. I am happy to be publishing my first collection of short horror stories. Each story is unique with its own format and characters.

Peter Topside author of the Preternatural books has this to say:

“I was given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review (Thank you, Randi!)  Now it’s well known that I’m not a fan of short stories.  The only exceptions there are HG Wells’ The Invisible Man and his other well known sci-fi/horror type stories.  However, I read through the Little Scare collection, and really did enjoy these tales of the macabre a great deal.  They were diverse, and didn’t follow any type of generic formula or theme, which was refreshing.  Each tale was also long enough, without overstaying its welcome.  They were a bit gruesome at the right times, but it was more reserved and not overly graphic.  This is where the writing was done well, as it left certain things unwritten and just insinuated, which is much easier than going into excessive details on the terror at hand.  Aside from that, the writing was very easy-to-follow and the book as a whole just had this general creepiness and anxiety-producing uneasiness throughout.  My personal favorite here was A Scorched Letter, with Chookies being a close second.  If you want a quick read that’ll tickle your inner horror fan, give this a look!”

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