Reflection by P. McCarthy
A husband’s bewitched into her arms
A woman’s driven to murder
The crow screeches
A mind’s lost
Reviews from the beach – By Russell
Well, what have you been doing during the virus? Traveling staying home, reading, doing a bunch of Zoom gatherings with your friends? Have you deep cleaned your house 5 times over. Maybe you’ve been at each other’s throats and need some alone time. Me? I’ve been working way up and down the Florida shoreline. Taking a break from the reading, writing and worrying about the world. Having a home with an open roof makes it easier to just pick up and go. But, now I’m back and I’m sitting out in front of Christopher and David’s hotel. Christopher was quick to ask if I’d like to start up the review situation again. So here we are.
My first review from the beach is with P. McCarthy and her book Reflection.
To start, love the cover. It is unnerving with all the necessary factors of being scary. And we all know that I like a good scary story. I also thought that the blurb was intriguing as well. I hear that Jennifer Gordon designed cover for it for her. Well done.
A husband’s bewitched into her arms.
A woman driven to murder
The crow screeches
A mind’s lost.
I also did a little research into McCarthy. She has another book, Grave, that I have also reviewed. I remember loving it. I also remember that she is the Breaking Rules Publishing Acquisitions Editor, which means that her books are incredibly written. Something that I can appreciate since my education only took me to the 8th grade. So well done there.
What I found most exciting about Reflection was the way she wrote the story. Yes it was scary and creepy and made me dig my feet into the sand. All things a good horror writer wants to hear. But the conversational aspect of the book made it much more interesting. She cut back and forth between the conversations between the doctors and what is in the main characters minds. It’s a cool trick and interesting twist.
You know those stories that are border lining really scary and yet make you think about the psychological aspects of the story and you then start to relate it to your life around you? Well this is one of those stories. I couldn’t help but wonder, sounding like Carrie Bradshaw, what was over my should, what was in the bunch of sea grapes next to me as well as the real meaning behind some of my own conversations with people.
While considering Reflection I thought more about McCarthy and her writing style and asked Christopher for more. Apparently she has more books in the works, which is good for all of us as she has an extremely creative mind. More info – she also has many short stories in The Scribe and Horror magazines. You should check them out.
Ending with a very high note – I would suggest that you purchase Reflection, pick up Grave and scour the BRP magazines for her short stories while you’re at it. P. McCarthy is worth the read.
My feet were in the sand, twisting around while I read this one.
And an extra .15 for the cover so a great 4.9 score – Good Job!
P. McCarthy – 5 Waves is going to be tough, for anyone but I think you could probably do it. For now, a really great job!
Next up is Experiment X by Colin Anderson – I hear that he is from the UK – this should be cool. Stay tuned beach readers.
Have a sunny day
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