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on Oct. 02, 2011 :
I want to thank Mr. McDonnell for providing me with this book for free.
I am not unfamiliar with the horror/thriller genre, however I am new to the flash fiction genre. So this is somewhat new to me, and i'm without and real points of reference on this. So I'm going completely by what I felt while reading this.
This is a relatively short ebook filled with nine short stories. I felt that while they all had an interesting aspect to them some of them weren't quite 'thrilling' to me. I'm not saying that those particular stories were bad because they are pretty good, what I am saying is that when I see something with the word 'Chill' in the title I'm expecting something that will get to me. It doesn't have to scare me or make me shudder, but I do expect it to at least make me stop for a moment at the end and shake my head. They do all manage to trip you up and make sure your initial guess will probably be wrong, which I really liked. My favorite stories were probably Beautiful Hands and The New Boy, probably because they had more of a horror effect to them.
This collection reminds me of those stories you learn as a kid to try and scare your friends when you have a sleepover or camp out. In fact I'm sure some of these would be perfect for that. Some of the content keeps me from recommending this to younger readers but I'd say that from about 16 up would be perfect.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on July 29, 2011 :
I’ve become a John McDonnell fan and his latest collection of short stories has not let me down.
His talent shows equally well whether he’s writing humor, poetry or horror. This time though he has treated us to suspense thriller shorts. He brings you right to the edge of your seat and then with a hint of an O. Henry twist you fall against the back of your chair shaking your head because you couldn’t have been so gullible…but you were!
Even the Babysitter, the Clairvoyant and the Don fell for his magic.
Treat yourself to John McDonell’s talents on Smashwords!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)