My apologies to Catherine MacKenzie for the late review. I thought I would have it done before now, but I fell behind on my schedule. The biggest event that slowed me down was the FBI Green Dot Moneypak Virus (mentioned in my last blog).
Between These Pages has been one of the best books that I’ve read by an independent artist, and I want to give it a proper review. To do the book justice, I plan to give it a two-part review. I’ll try to avoid spoilers, but I’m going to give my synopses of the individual stories within the book.
1. Collecting Knocks: The story is somewhat vague, but sometimes that’s a good thing. Some of my favorite stories are the ones that leave a little to the imagination.
2. Doorbells and December: The story is told at a slow pace, meant to bring the reader into the world of a woman who must take care of her grandson, after the disappearance of her daughter.
3. Away with the Fairies: A boy is coping with the divorce of his parents, and has a new life that includes three new sisters. The boy doesn’t quite fit in, but with some help he learns how to cope with his new situation.
4. Night Candy: This story is full of innocence lost. A little girl sees many things that she doesn’t quite understand. I read the story thinking, how far is Cathy willing to go? I wasn’t disappointed.
5. Island Lovers: This one stood out the most to me. The story involves the strange rituals of an island tribe, and how those rituals affect two people who are in love. I won’t give away the ending.
6. The Party: A birth mark results in a woman’s negative self-image. Despite her feelings about her appearance, a masquerade party allows her to enjoy herself, and gives her a new sense of confidence.
7. Balloons, Chocolate and Flowers: This is a story that takes readers on an emotional journey that many people have been on before. A young woman thinks about giving her boyfriend another chance after he has cheated on her.
8. Rear View Mirror: Very cool flash fiction story about a woman who has just committed murder. The body is stashed away in the car, but... you’ll have to read it for yourself.
9. Hourglass: A story about twin brothers that ends with a twist. One brother is constantly cleaning up after the other, and he’s had enough.
I’m straying a bit from my normal format, but I would like to say… Who would like this book? I think the majority of the stories in this book were written with women in mind. The first half (this half), is especially geared toward women. However, there were a lot of thrills and horror in this half of Between These Pages, making it enjoyable to a wide variety of tastes.
Personally, I think the book is well rounded, but the second half actually contains the majority of my favorite stories. I think this book is worth buying, and hope that the readers of my blog will support this author. Cathy MacKenzie is one of my favorite personalities when it comes to writers. I’ve always thought she had a crazy side, but she’s managed to put her insanity into a bottle, and pour it into a book for us to read.
Which story is my favorite in this half of the book? Rear View Mirror. Although it’s probably the shortest story in the book, it’s full of cool imagery. It comes in fast and hard, and delivers everything a good short story should.
Keep watching for the second half of my review for Between These Pages. Until then, check it out for yourself…
Email Catherine MacKenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org
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