Double-take Tales

Rated 4.50/5 based on 3 reviews
Three stories to make you think...

Round Trip: 24 hours in the lives of ordinary people - some facing extraordinary events
Poison: an ingenious method of murder
C'est la vie: a murder, a body, a mystery... More

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Words: 6,320
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465912763
About Donna Brown

I'm a self-employed consultant and freelance editor. I live in West Yorkshire, UK with my husband and our six rescue cats.

I'm married to fantasy author David M. Brown and my grandmother wrote historical romance, so I suppose you could say writing is a family affair!


Review by: Frederick Brooke on Feb. 09, 2012 : (no rating)
Three stories make up this collection, but they pack a punch. Elegantly crafted, carefully structured, they are also filled with dialogue that resonates true. Example: "Jamie, I'll follow you anywhere, you daft sod!" I finished the stories a couple days ago, and the characters are still haunting me. In the first story, Round Trip, the author introduces a half dozen fully fleshed characters in about the same number of pages -- an amazing feat. But ultimately the main character isn't even a person.

The second story, Poison, is more traditional in its structure and denouement, but no less devastating. Surprises everywhere here. The third story could remind you of Dostoyevsky, depicting a descent into a special sort of madness which seems somehow totally credible. Reading stories this good, I realized I've been missing something. The short story is by definition more compressed, more distilled, and the language more powerful. I highly recommend Donna Brown's Double-take Tales.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: White Sun Press on Jan. 22, 2012 :
This collection of stories by Donna Brown is delightfully dark and contains fascinating characters with stories that feel off in all of the right (and wrong) ways. I think my favorite of these was "Poison," the story of a wife's struggle with an indifferent and shallow mate, but all of them are clever and unexpected with fun twists. "Round Trip" is the story of a five-pound note as it changes hands through a slew of interesting characters, including a taxi driver, a waitress in a dive pub and a bingo parlour, telling each of their mini-stories. "C'est la Vie" is a grim story of murder and mayhem that also sneaks under your skin and pulls you into the mind of its rather off-kilter but oddly sympathetic narrator. All of these stories are great reads - a collection reminiscent of Shirley Jackson or Roald Dahl's more twisted shorts.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: SM Johnson on Jan. 06, 2012 :
Donna Brown does a nice job with these twisted little vignettes. C'est La Vie was definitely my favorite of the three. I'm quite impressed at how much characterization the author can pull off in so few words. I look forward to reading more from Donna.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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