I'm delighted to be sharing my review as part of today's blog blitz for The Lights Went Out and Other Stories by Fiona Cooke Hogan. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...
Genre: Short Stories, Mixed Genres
Release Date: October 8th, 2015
The Lights Went out And Other Stories is a quirky collection of flash fiction, short and longer stories. With themes ranging from romantic to dark fairy tales, humour to horror there something for every reader. At times humorous, eerie and poignant; a mother burdened by financial troubles shares her problem with a stranger, a young couples' journey to the airport takes a strange turn, a wedding anniversary in Dingle goes from bad to worse, a small dog is forced to change his ways and a vampire hiding out in suburbia just wants to be left alone.
“Quite Beautiful, Almost Poetic in its forms” Amazon Reviewer.
“Brilliant, Hilarious and Scary” Amazon Reviewer.
Awarded Chill with a Book Reader’s Award, April 2017.
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Excerpt from Darkling, The Lights Went Out and Other Stories.
“Unable to take her eyes off the stranger, Emmeline moved from tree to tree until he seemed close enough to touch until finally as if in a dream, she stepped out from behind the cover of the trees to face him, a bird released from a trap with no choice but to fly towards danger.
The walker between the trees turned on his heel sensing her, he moved towards the slight figure of the girl in the grey cloak whose wide eyes shone at his approach. The stitching on his waistcoat glinted in the moons light as he neared. Her eyes were drawn to a face of contradictions; ancient yet youthful.
His skin was white as the light that the moon poured down.
White as bone bleached in the sun.
Pale as the ice in the village pond in midwinter.
Pale and cold as death.”
I have to say that I do have a soft spot for short stories as they can be perfect for reading on a commute or even spending a lazy afternoon reading.
I’m not going to review each story as let’s face it that would probably take some time and possibly ruin some of the brilliant surprises set up in some of them. So I will just set out my feelings about the book instead. It is always lovely to pick up a book of short story especially if you are short on time. You can read as many or as little as you need to and in any order although I do tend to read them in the order they are printed. Within this book I would say that there is a story to suit most people and it was great to read a story from a genre I don’t necessarily read all that often.
Each story varies in length so you really do get a different reading experience. There were twists and unexpected surprises that made reading this set of stories even more interesting. The author easily drew me in to each story and I have to say that I enjoyed each one! Which in a book of short stories can be sometimes difficult to achieve.
This varied collection of stories held my interest completely and before I knew it I was over half way through. I loved how different they were from the amusing to the dark along with showcasing love, everyday life and some with an added touch of the paranormal.
I really enjoyed curling up with this book and I would happily read again!
Five stars from me!
With thanks to Brook Cottage Books for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
Her latest novel – Martha’s Cottage is currently with the publisher and she is writing its sequel, and half-way through another novel - a psychological thriller. She hopes to publish another collection of horror stories in time for Hallowe’en 2018.
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