Thursday, 31 July 2014

Review & Giveaway: Suburban Terrors — Pauline Montagna

Another collection of short stories! I am really getting into this type of book. It feels pretty refreshing after reading numerous books which follow one major plot line. Perhaps we need to have more subplots in our books, with lesser characters having some action?

Do we really know what secrets lurk behind the tall fences and locked doors of our city’s suburbs? 
Here are twelve stories that delve into that mysterious realm. You’ll find a few thrills, a touch of horror, a ghost or two… and much more. 
‘ …these stories are all entertaining, compelling, and enjoyable, making this the perfect book for bedtime or public transport reading. It’s a great book to have in your bag, ready for the next break in the day. Georgina Laidlaw, Australian Reader


I think there is something for everyone in this book. There's a touch of horror, mystery and crime. Some bits are odd and unlikely, others seem a lot more plausible. A few stories explore punishment or consequences of crime, while others are more detached from that topic. The variety of stories really helped make each one seem fresh and different.

I found some of the stories to be pretty down to earth despite a horror vibe and there were a few twists which are always necessary in a collection like this. While I could pick out a handful of stories which I really liked, I found the one about the struggling writer to be the most amusing. While such an ending might not be everyone's idea of a bad ending, for a writer I'm sure it's terrifying! 

Pauline Montagna

Pauline Montagna was born into an Italian family in Melbourne, Australia. After obtaining a BA in French, Italian and History, she indulged her artistic interests through amateur theatre, while developing her accounting skills through a wide variety of workplaces culminating in the Australian film industry. In her mid-thirties, Pauline returned to university and qualified as a teacher of English as Second Language, a profession she pursued while completing a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing. She has now retired from teaching to concentrate on her writing. She has published two books, The Slave, an historical romance set in Medieval Italy and Suburban Terrors, a short story collection.

You can purchase this book as an eBook at the author's website or on Smash Words. You can also purchase a paperback version from Lulu.


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