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Review – Shortcuts Through The Shadows by April Bullard

Review – Shortcuts Through The Shadows by April BullardShortcuts Through The Shadows by April Bullard
on February 5, 2017
Genres: Anthology
Pages: 210
Format: Paperback
Source: Author

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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First collection of previously published work by the author. Tip-toe into the twilight to experience a few giggles, gasps and plenty of goosebumps with twisted little tales of vengeance, lethal loyalty, the worst hangover, demons, possession, werewolves, premonitions, pranks gone wrong, betrayal and even a murder or two. Not explicitly gory.

In an Oyster Shell –  A collection of short stories that will leave you with goosebumps.

The Pearls – This is a collection of short stories that are imaginative. They are a little on the dark side. The author is not afraid to explore the dark twists of life. I was a little afraid to read these stories before bedtime. They are impressive stories that leave an impact on the reader. You will have a reaction to this collection whether its a shiver of the spine or a chuckle at the irony that the author exploits generously.

The writing was eloquent. The word choice was diverse. The cadence was rhythmic, well composed. The plots of the stories were concise and well executed. There were lots of stories to read. There was great diversity among the tales.

My favorite among the stories was the last short story that was almost a Novella. It was the longest of the stories and could have easily lead into a novel. The character development was strong. The story concept was unique and well delivered.

This collection of stories may leave you leaving a light on in the darkest hours. It’s an entertaining read none the less.

The Sand – A little bit gruesome at times. The writing and well-composed prose eases the parts that can give you the willies.

 

4 Stars

About April Bullard

April Bullard resides with her husband aboard their houseboat on the Columbia River near Vancouver, Washington. She admits to 55 years of age, over 35 years of marriage, mother of 3, grandmother of 4, navy veteran, and a fondness for chocolate. Member of NIWA, NSDAR and NSCDXVIIC. Author credits include; “The Sock Thief” children’s picture book; “Goody Hepzibah’s Harvest Tales” YA illustrated story poems, and short stories in the continuing anthology series “Demonic Visions 50 Horror Tales.”
Available for readings and workshops.

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