Twisted Tales: Book Review

“Crazed stalkers, killers, dealing with the Devil and everything in between, this collection shows the darker side of human nature in all its black glory”  Twisted Tales – Deborah Stansil

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A few months ago, I read a post by Debbie at My Random Musings.

In it, Debbie discussed having signed up to The A to Z blogging challenge.  I thought it sounded fun.  Before I knew where I was, I had signed up too.

I bookmarked Debbie’s page to track her posts and I eagerly awaited the start of the challenge.

I was soon gripped by Debbie’s posts, each of which were themed as a 100-word flash fiction.

I thought – as I read these posts – Debbie should write a book. In fact, I left comments on her blog to that effect.  When the challenge finished, I missed reading her short stories.

So, I was thrilled when Debbie announced her book release, Twisted Tales, on Amazon.  I jumped at the chance to review it.

Shortly after, I spotted an email from Debbie inviting me to review the book.  It arrived just in time for the start of Euro 2016.  It was as if she were psychic, as I had been pondering how I was going to keep myself busy. PERFECT!!

The book is based on the short stories released as part of the A to Z Challenge. Some stories are in their original form, some are expanded and some are new.  Each has a recurring theme, ‘the dark side of human nature’.

I was quickly hooked by the book, captivated by the twisted minds of the characters, often wondering what would happen next.

The stories ended differently to how I expected, which I loved. Time and time again, my instinct was proven wrong, keeping me on the edge of my seat. In doing this, Debbie skilfully challenges our perceptions.

Once I started reading Twisted Tales, I didn’t want to put it down.  I found the short stories easy to read and I tended to to read for longer.  I would often think: “they are just short, I will quickly read the next one.”

Conclusion – Twisted Tales

I really enjoyed reading these captivating and nail-biting short stories.  I would highly recommend Twisted Tales.

When you read the book – and I recommend that you do – look out for The Prediction and Jump.  Both made me gasp.

“There is a dark streak in all of us, just waiting to come out” – Deborah Stansil

Twisted Tales is available from Amazon, to pick up a copy visit here.

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  1. June 22, 2016 / 11:33 am

    Thank you so much for this, I’m really pleased you enjoyed the book 🙂 And I’m glad I was able to keep you bust during the Euros lol.
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    • Double the Monkey Business
      June 27, 2016 / 7:29 pm

      You need to write another one now to keep me going for the rest of the footie ha ha! x

  2. June 22, 2016 / 7:49 pm

    Well done to Debbie! I am not a fan of horror, I tend to flick through it and then get caught up in it and sure then I cant sleep for the night ha ! #bloggerclubuk

    • Double the Monkey Business
      June 27, 2016 / 7:12 pm

      She is a fantastic writer 🙂 x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      June 27, 2016 / 7:10 pm

      You should definitely check it out hun xx

    • Double the Monkey Business
      June 27, 2016 / 7:10 pm

      Thanks for letting me review it 🙂 x

  3. June 25, 2016 / 2:12 pm

    Oh i love short stories and this looks promising! Definitely putting this on my wishlist!

    • Double the Monkey Business
      June 27, 2016 / 7:10 pm

      Oh yes please check it out x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      June 27, 2016 / 7:08 pm

      I thought that when I read this too, short stories are much more manageable when I have very little time x

  4. June 26, 2016 / 8:51 am

    What an achievement well done Debbie, I love short stories, I will have to check this one out too.
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    • Double the Monkey Business
      June 27, 2016 / 7:06 pm

      Oh yes please do x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      June 27, 2016 / 7:06 pm

      Hope you find some uninterrupted time too, it is a great book. If you liked the a to z challenge you will love this 🙂 x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      June 27, 2016 / 7:05 pm

      Definitely do, you will not be disappointed x

  5. June 27, 2016 / 8:56 am

    well done Debbie.. what a fantastic review.. im not a fan of spooky but my sister would love this..
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    • Double the Monkey Business
      June 27, 2016 / 7:04 pm

      Oh definitely one to tell her about then, highly recommended x

  6. June 27, 2016 / 9:00 am

    Lovely review – I’m not a horror fan (usually spend more time looking at the pattern on a scatter cushion whilst hiding behind it then actually watching horror) but I’m intrigued by this – will have to take a look. #marvmondays

    • Double the Monkey Business
      June 27, 2016 / 7:04 pm

      I will be honest, I am usually not into reading that kind of thing either but the way Debbie writes is just fantastic and I think I may be converted 🙂 xx

    • Double the Monkey Business
      June 27, 2016 / 7:01 pm

      oh yes she is one talented lady!! love her writing, her blog is one of my favourites 🙂 x

  7. June 28, 2016 / 7:33 am

    I’ve heard all about this and it’s such a huge achievement! Though I don’t regularly read horror, it’s mainly because I can’t find anything gripping enough so would love to try this out, sure it’s fantastic! Thanks for linking up #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

    • Double the Monkey Business
      June 28, 2016 / 8:40 pm

      Oh yes definitely try it out! Thanks for reading 🙂 xx

    • Double the Monkey Business
      July 3, 2016 / 8:32 pm

      This book certainly delivered on that account 🙂 x

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