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THE DEAD OF WINTER THE BEST CHILLING TALES of William P. Robertson

THE DEAD OF WINTER The Best Chilling Tales of William P. Robertson INFINITY PUBLISHING ISBN 0-7414-6313-X

Short stories are special in that they accomplish a great deal in a short period of time. The reader is introduced to the characters and the story subject early on. The right choice of adjectives, nouns, verbs and adverbs is imperative in order to craft a readable tale. The stories included in DEAD OF WINTER The Best Chilling Tales of William P. Robertson are perfect examples of this. Each tale is unique and they deal with a variety of elements which include shock, adventure, horror and gore. The stories are filled with messages and symbolism which include revenge, kindness, justice and evil.

In Fetters and Chains we meet Jason. “Jason came from a very unloving family”. His parents hated each other and as a result he decided marriage was not for him. Because he grows into an attractive young man he is often pursued by girls. He enters into relationships whereby he uses the girls and then discards them. Suddenly, Hester appears and he is dazzled by her, so he asks her to the prom. What transpires when he comes to her home to pick her up is both shocking and satisfying. Estranged is a story of love gone wrong which continues to spiral into a tragedy. Charlie’s estranged wife, Lauren, unexpectedly comes back into his life and terrorizes him and his unsuspecting mother. The author deftly describes Lauren’s evil intentions which lead to shattering results. The Great Stag is a memorable tale. Blackie Grimes is a hunter who is searching for the extra doe he is entitled to legally. But, Mr. Grimes greed causes him to shoot not only a doe but her two yearlings as well. His murderous acts do not go unnoticed and the hunter becomes the hunted. He learns that there are consequences and that revenge can come from unlikely sources.

Mr. Robertson’s tales include triumph and tragedy as well as humor. The characters are skillfully developed and each story draws the reader into their world. The author is a gifted story teller. In my opinion, the mark of a good story is that it is remembered by the reader. I will remember these tales. I recommend reading this collection of tales.
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The Innocents by Francesca Segal

The Innocents by Francesca Segal
Voice ISBN 978-1-4013-4181-7 282 Pages

In Francesca Segal’s novel, The Innocents, Adam Newman is finally engaged to Rachel, his girlfriend of twelve years. They live in Temple Fortune which is a Jewish suburb in North West London. This is a place where everyone knows everyone. Even so, there are surprises and secrets. Adam’s father died when Adam was young. His mother did not remarry. Rachel’s parents enveloped him into their immediate and extended family. To them he is the perfect man for their beloved daughter. Adam adores Rachel-he is charmed by her kindness and innocence. He is confident that they will learn and grow from new experiences. The entire community welcomes their union.

Complications develop. Rachel’s beautiful cousin, Ellie, returns to London from New York City. She is totally different from anyone else in the tightly knit community. She has appeared in a film that may or may not be labeled as an art film. Her college career has ended without a degree and there is the matter of her long relationship with a married man who gave her a fair amount of money. Adam is drawn to her for what she represents. She is both independent and a free thinker. He becomes convinced that he loves her and that she, and not Rachel, is the woman he wants to spend his life with. However, it is Rachel that he marries, but this is not where the story ends. A financial scandal surfaces that effects much of the community, Rachel’s and Ellie’s beloved grandmother suffers a stroke and Adam and Ellie reconnect. And then comes an unexpected surprise.

The author brings to life a large cast of characters. She deftly describes them and she tells their story with warmth and humor. She is an accomplished story teller and she has written honestly about loyalty, temptation and enlightenment. This is a very readable novel and I highly recommend it.
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