Twisted Tales: Book Review

Twisted Tales book cover

“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

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.

Soon, I was 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. I was proved 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 thought: “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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    • Double the Monkey Business
      3rd July 2016 / 8:32 pm

      This book certainly delivered on that account 🙂 x

  1. 28th June 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
      28th June 2016 / 8:40 pm

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

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

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

  2. 27th June 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
      27th June 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

  3. 27th June 2016 / 8:56 am

    well done Debbie.. what a fantastic review.. im not a fan of spooky but my sister would love this..

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

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

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

      Definitely do, you will not be disappointed x

  4. 26th June 2016 / 12:26 pm

    I love Debbie’s A-Z too, and in fact went back and reread them all at the end. I haven’t had chance to read her book yet, but am looking forward to doing so when I find some uninterrupted me time 🙂

    • Double the Monkey Business
      27th June 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

  5. 26th June 2016 / 8:51 am

    What an achievement well done Debbie, I love short stories, I will have to check this one out too.

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

      Oh yes please do x

  6. 25th June 2016 / 6:32 pm

    I think short stories are the way I need to go. I feel like I don’t have time for full size books any more

    • Double the Monkey Business
      27th June 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

  7. 25th June 2016 / 2:12 pm

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

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

      Oh yes please check it out x

  8. 24th June 2016 / 11:05 am

    I’m back again! Thanks again for the lovely review and thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK 🙂

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

      Thanks for letting me review it 🙂 x

  9. 24th June 2016 / 10:32 am

    Oh I love things like that! Sounds fab!

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

      You should definitely check it out hun xx

  10. 22nd June 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
      27th June 2016 / 7:12 pm

      She is a fantastic writer 🙂 x

  11. 22nd June 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.

    • Double the Monkey Business
      27th June 2016 / 7:29 pm

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

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