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The Rendering

31121059SYNOPSIS: Flash fiction with a bonus short story thrown in to lighten an otherwise dark collection of tales.

REVIEW: I’m a big fan of Sue Coletta. Her crime thrillers are

and she puts a huge amount of research into her work… Forensics & Anatomy to name just a couple of the areas she explores. I find her main works to be something like a cross between the psychological thriller and CSI. I can’t wait for her next instalment of the Mayhem series.

That said, I was quite disappointed with this small collection of tales. As a writer of flash fiction and short stories I completely understand the problems with character development and depth so neither of these were an issue. My real issue is the stories simply came across as excerpts from her thrillers, and as they were so graphic and compact, they were hard to digest. They would however be fine as part of larger works where there is plenty of build up and some kind of solution.

I was given a free copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.

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Kev is an Author & Songwriter. After years of studying, and even more years working in education, and management in the US, he returned to his hometown in England where he finally settled down to focus on his writing and music. Links to his works can be found in the widget bar, and more information about them can be found on his pages above. He would greatly appreciate it if you would check them out. Kev has a M.Ed in Secondary Education with English as his main subject area. He also did post-graduate studies in Christian Counselling and Psychopathology after obtaining a BA in Psychology with a minor in Classical Greek.

9 comments on “The Rendering

  1. I admire that your review is both honest and constructive even though there were some things about the book that were not to your taste. In the long run, honest reviews are better for everyone, including the writer.

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  2. Interesting comment about how the length of the work was too short to absorb the level of violence and the lack of character development.

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  3. I have a copy of this but it’s still on my TBR. I’ve seen some short fic Sue posted on her blog that I really enjoyed. I thought this might be much in the same vein, but haven’t had a chance to digest it yet.

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  4. Saw this on GR and thought it was a fair review. Perhaps this might work as a taster for the full-length novels?

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    • I would find them a bit full-on to be a taster… I like her in-depth analyses of the crime scenes much better. They would make great tasters. But, that’s me. 😊

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