If you're a regular reader on my little blog then you'll know just how much I love Mark Tilbury's books so I was excited to get my hands on his latest release Poetic Justice.
As well as writing novels, Mark also enjoys writing poetry and Poetic Justice is a delightfully twisted collection of five short stories and novella's which all begin with a poem which inspired the story - an idea that I thought was very original as it's not something that I've seen before.
Although not as dark as Mark's other books, don't be fooled into thinking that because these are 'short' stories there won't be enough to get your teeth into as these five little gems are packed to the rafters with great characters, grittiness and a hint of supernatural along with everything else that you'd expect from this talented author.
Each story has a female protagonist, a seemingly average individual who finds themself in extenuating circumstances and details the lengths that they will go to to get their lives back on track be it fair means or foul. There are definitely some cautionary tales here!
If I had to choose a favourite it would be a tough decision but I think it would be Lucy's Return. The clever way that the story is narrated, almost as if by a friend, made me really connect with the character. Lucy has waited a long time to reconnect with a particular lad from her school days and boy does she have a surprise planned for him. She's brought along a dish of revenge - and it's VERY cold!
I was immediately drawn into each story and found myself lurching from one emotion to another. One minute I was full of empathy and the next I was totally dumbfounded - did that character really just do that? OMG! Sometimes short stories and even novella's can leave me yearning for more but not these ones - they may be small but they are all mighty.
If you're of the mindset that short stories aren't for you then I seriously urge you to reconsider - after all these are not just any short stories . . . . . these are Twisted Tilbury short stories!
About the author
|Photo courtesy of Mark Tilbury|
Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.
He’s always had a keen interest in writing and after being widowed and raising his two daughters, Mark finally took the plunge and began self-publishing. Mark’s writing has earned him the name #TwistedTilbury due to the dark and twisted nature of his books.
When he’s not writing, Mark can be found playing guitar, reading and walking.
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With kind thanks to author Mark Tilbury for my review copy.