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Roses are Red by Carrie Green
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Nov 29, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: relationships, scifi-fantasy, short-stories, suspense
Read in November, 2011

The sudden violence of a domestic dispute, a curious futuristic world where computers fall in love and choose their mates, a bounty-hunter reeling in his charge… these three short stories make up the collection Roses are Red by Carrie Green. The characters are real and immediate. The situations, however strange, are quickly and convincingly described. The action’s blended with thoughtful and well-timed introspection. And the whole is three smoothly told, intriguingly different stories with quick set-ups, well-drawn action, and startling twists in the tail.

The author Carrie Green has an exciting horror/suspense novel coming out in 2012 and these short stories, plus those in Violets are Blue and Sugar is Sweet form a great introduction to her writing. A nicely told scene at the end of this book comes from Violets are Blue and sets up a newlywed couple with hints of real danger behind the childish fun of a game of tag. And another excerpt, from the short story collection Sugar is Sweet, creates a haunting image of an angry little girl…

If the novel’s anything like as haunting, as surprising, as efficiently told as these stories, it will be well worth waiting for. An author who neither minces nor overplays her words, Carrie Green is one to read.

Disclosure: I won a copy of this ebook from Women’s Literary Café and thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

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