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Book: Shadows in the Light. 15 Short Stories by April Taylor

Book Review: Shadows in the Light. 15 Short Stories by April Taylor

categories: Book, Fiction, Crime, Comedy, Life, Revenge, Short Stories


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Author April Taylorabout this book: A collection of 15 short stories, some of which have been competition winners. I like short stories. You only need a coffee break or the time waiting for the doctor and you can read a complete story.

This collections covers differing aspects of the human condition and how people react to the world around them. Monty is desperate to get out of being a page boy at his sister's wedding. Anna is equally desperate to escape her bullying employer and receives help from an unexpected source. Rosemary, whose days are filled with her garden and memories of her lost love. The unnamed protagonist burning with a need for revenge that transcends everything else. How to investigate an insurance claim and what to do when you find something unusual in the basement. All the stories involve a moral imperative in some form, from coming to self-knowledge, through the lengths some people will go to in order to achieve their aims to finding inner peace.

I needed the cover to convey shadow and light, something that appears in everyone's life. The stories have been written over a four year period and will appeal to readers who like meaty stories with a bit of a twist.

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Short stories don't seem to be as popular as they once were, something I don't understand because being able to read a complete story during your coffee break or whenever you have a few minutes free is a luxury. I love the cover of April Taylor's book "Shadows in the Light" and the stories proved to be enjoyable. There's something for everyone here. Some start off so innocuously and then gradually darken. I especially liked "Nearer God's Heart". "Best Served Cold" is an interesting and modern take on the "Count of Monte Cristo". "Always and Forever" dealt in an understated but almost horrific way with obsession. I recommend this book as a good read. [by Paul F.]

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