Backstories by Simon Van der Velde

Firstly, a huge thank you to Simon for sending me a copy of his novel in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Smoke & Mirrors Press
Publication Date:
25/03/2021
Length: 116 pages
Genre:
Short stories | Fiction

CW: Racism, racist language, homophobia, homophobic language, anti-semitism, incest, sexual abuse

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Dreamers, singers, heroes and killers, they can dazzle with their beauty or their talent or their unmitigated evil, yet inside themselves they are as frail and desperate as the rest of us. But can you see them? Can you unravel the truth? These are people you know, but not as you know them.Peel back the mask and see.

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Blog Tour – Nothing Good Happens After Midnight (A Suspense Magazine Anthology) Edited by Jeffery Deaver

Welcome to my stop on the Nothing Good Happens After Midnight blog tour! Huge thanks to Blackthorn Book Tours for giving me the opportunity to take part in this! I was provided a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review. 

Publisher: Suspense Publishing
Publication Date:
17/11/2020
Length: 338 pages
Genre:
Horror | Sci-Fi | Short Stories

CW: n/a

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The sun sets. The moon takes its place, illuminating the most evil corners of the planet. What twisted fear dwells in that blackness? What legends attach to those of sound mind and make them go crazy in the bright light of day? Only Suspense Magazine knows…

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The Cat and the City by Nick Bradley

Publisher: Atlantic Books
Publication Date:
04/06/2020
Length: 291 pages
Genre:
Short Stories | Literary Fiction | Contemporary Fiction

CW: n/a

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In Tokyo—, one of the world’s largest megacities, —a stray cat is wending her way through the back alleys. With each detour, she brushes up against the seemingly disparate lives of the city-dwellers, connecting them in unexpected ways. But the city is changing. As it does, it pushes her to the margins where she chances upon a series of apparent strangers—, from a homeless man squatting in an abandoned hotel, to a shut-in hermit afraid to leave his house, to a convenience store worker searching for love. The cat orbits Tokyo’s denizens, drawing them ever closer. In a series of spellbinding, interlocking narratives—, with styles ranging from manga to footnotes—, Nick Bradley has hewn a novel of interplay and estrangement; of survival and self-destruction; of the desire to belong and the need to escape. Formally inventive and slyly political, The Cat and The City is a lithe thrill-ride through the less-glimpsed streets of Tokyo.

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