There are just some books that when you read them, you can’t help but be astounded at their magic. The way they weave words, paint pictures, make you really feel emotions. Sarah Brentyn is one of those authors. Here’s my review.
No One Escapes Life Unscathed Delve into the deeper reaches of the human condition and the darkness that lives there. A girl haunted by her sister’s drowning. A boy desperate for his father’s affection. A woman forced to make a devastating decision. A man trapped by his obsessions. Experience tales of love, loss, murder, and madness through this collection of flash and micro fiction. Take a peek behind the smile of a stranger. Get a glimpse inside the heart of a friend. Scratch the surface and discover what is hidden beneath. These stories will open your mind, tug at your thoughts, and allow you to explore the possibility that, even in the brightest moments, something is Hinting at Shadows. Author’s Note: Each selection is approximately 100 words, with a bonus section of Microbursts in which each story is told in 50 words or less.
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This is a book of short stories, really short stories, micro flash and microbursts. Perfect for a reader with no time. I read this entire book in about an hour, and boy was it a delightful hour. Brentyn has this magical ability to cut to the source of humanity. To exquisitely examine truths, but not the ones filled with light and joy, oh no, her skills lie on the more twisted side of the line. She cuts to the dark truths were all harbouring deep in our psyche. The secrets we don’t want people to know, the choices were terrified we might make. This book is a beautiful portrayal of the half of humanity we don’t discuss. Her descriptive skills are frankly ridiculous. I wish I could write like that. Her words sing off the page with the poise of a ballerina and the skill of a world-class opera singer.
If you fancy something different, something that will challenge you, change you, scratch the darker side of you, I highly recommend Brentyn’s book.
I only have one criticism. It wasn’t long enough. She needs to write a novel… Now that would be spectacular.
Have you read the book? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.