Monday, April 29, 2013

Double-take Tales by Donna Brown #weeklyshorts

Weekly Shorts is a fun meme hosted by Kriss at Cabin Goddess. This is a great way to find something to read that doesn't take long and doesn't cost much. Kriss generally posts hers on Sunday but this isn't a day specific meme so you can find new reads all week long.

I received a copy of Double-take Tales by Donna Brown from The Indie Exchange as part of the April Blog Tour.

Double-take Tales is a collection of three short stories all with a bit of a twist at the end. The stories are Round Trip, Poison, and C'est La Vie.

My favorite of the three was Poison about a woman who uses her husband's nut allergy as a method of obtaining satisfaction. I thought this one had the best flow of all the stories and I could truly feel the emotion from the main character. My favorite line "Disappointment can chip away at your heart slowly until the damage is so extensive there is no suitable response."

I struggled a bit with Round Trip because most of the paragraphs were single short sentences and I couldn't quite catch the flow. I liked the idea of the story and the ending but I think I needed it to be a bit more filled in.

C'est La Vie had me rereading after the twist at the end to see if I could find clues that I had missed the first time. The story is compelling and the method of telling it is brilliant. It is a story with high anxiety and questions that you are not certain will be answered.

Double-take Tales by Donna Brown

Three dark, sardonic short stories that will have you expecting the unexpected:

In "Poison," a psychologically abused wife discovers that her husband's nut allergy may be the solution to all her problems.

In "Round Trip," a five pound note passes through desperate hands, greedy hands and tired hands before coming full circle…accompanied by a big surprise.

In "Ç'est La Vie," the police bungle a murder investigation under the watchful eye of someone uncomfortably close to the killing.


Donna is a long time book reviewer and has devoured books from an early age. She writes short stories as and when inspiration hits and is married to fantasy author David M. Brown. She is also a contributor to David's (mostly!) non-fiction book, Man vs Cat.

Donna has lived in many different areas of the UK over the last 31 years but has remained in Yorkshire for the past decade. She ardently disputes the misnomer that 'It's grim up north'. You can find Donna on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Goodreads, or visit the blogs she shares with her husband: Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dave, and Diary of Mr Kain

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