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Letting Go [Kindle Edition]

Victoria Watson , Sujin Jetkasettakorn , Luigi Diamanti
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Letting Go is a collection of eight short stories from Victoria Watson. Each of these tales has a twist that the reader won’t be expecting. Regret, and how just one moment or snap decision can change your life forever are key themes in each of these stories.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 127 KB
  • Print Length: 56 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007A6VAVA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #261,851 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Victoria Watson was awarded 'Young Reviewer of the Year' in 2009 and completed a Masters degree in Creative Writing in 2010.

Her short story 'The Piano' won 1st prize in the Story Tyne competition in 2012. Victoria had a story published in the 'Home Tomorrow' anthology published by 6th Edition Publishing in 2011. Her work is also featured in both 'Off the Record' charity anthologies.

Victoria has contributed to publications including 'True Faith' (Newcastle United fanzine), NCJ Media's north-east titles The Journal, Evening Chronicle and Sunday Sun. She has also reviewed for Amazon, Waterstones and Closer Magazine. She has also contributed to The Northern Line blog and is the official blogger for Whitley Bay Film Festival.

Victoria runs Elementary V Watson Proofreading and Copywriting Services. She also runs Creative Writing classes. For more information, visit her website elementaryvwatson.com

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder, madness and paranoia 4 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Not for the faint-hearted. Victoria Watson has written a collection of short stories that bring murder, madness and paranoia together in one place, and these tales are just the right size for a glimpse into the murky darkness. Each tale uses different characters to explore a variety of emotions, and each one begins with a hook that draws you through to its twisted conclusion. And what kind of short story doesn't have a really good twist? Not always having time to read as much as I would like, I enjoyed enjoyed dipping in and out of Watson's stories and would recommend them to anyone with a few minutes to spare.
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4.0 out of 5 stars review from a reviewer?! 8 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
OK, here we go....the only critisism I have about the book, is that it is too short. I read it start to finish (I am a quick reader though) in approximately 2 hours (which included doing work emails and a couple of cigarette breaks!)
Each individual story catapaults you into the lives of each main character within the story. At least 90% of people who buy this book could put themselves in one of these predicaments.
I liked the twist that almost always came to appear at the end of each story....it was like a....'Oooooh, I wasn't expecting that' kinda thing!
Anyway, I really enjoyed reading it, and to say it only cost my 89 pence, it gave me a respite from my hard working boss for those 1 1/2- 2 hours!!!!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff 29 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this after following Victoria on Twitter and also her blog. I take the bus every morning and night to and from work and this book is filled with short stories that are just the right length for a bus ride. They kick in quickly, gripping you from the first couple of sentences - which is a skill in itself. Coming from the same region I enjoyed reading references to the area and recognising colloquialisms and turns of phrase common to North East. That's also a skill - to represent the north east without it sounding like a bad case of Byker Grove.
The characters are well rounded and leave you feeling you know them well in a short space of time. The stories cover a wide range of people and situations, proving that Victoria can turn her hand to many different opinions and views.
I'm definately going to purchase more of this lady's writing. She is an inspiration to other writers in the region and it's nice to see her gaining momentum and success from her work.
A very good buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page-turning suspense at its best. 26 May 2014
By Carolg
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Victoria Watson's 'Letting Go' is a superlative collection of short stories.'Bye bye Baby' explores the loss of a child from the mother'a perspective, the treatment she received and the tragedy of her losing her own mother. There are overtones of possible domestic abuse by her partner and ultimately her own personal tragedy.
'Cry baby' explores alternatively from a male perspective, an abusive man's viewpoint. The dark tone adds to Steve's menace and his personal tragedy comes at a cost to everyone around him especially Samantha.
'I should have seen it coming' is my own personal favourite as an everyday bank worker ends up trying to play her cards right as a medium only to set her up for unforeseen consequences.
'Inside' is also extremely powerfully and sensitively written, loaded with suspense and yarn-spinning panache. 'Home Tomorrow', also set in the USA is a much shorter story, concise and says it all.
'Keeping Quiet' covers human and family relationships succinctly with a sense of haunting tragedy and humanity which runs through all of Victoria Watson's stories.
'Maybe Baby' is bittersweet with a touch of humour. 'The Waiting Game' has a
wistfulness, loneliness though touching hope that shines through.
I would thoroughly recommend 'Letting Go' to anyone wanting an ideal Kindle page turning read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars twists and turns and knife edge! 15 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Well I don't know what I was expecting with this book.
Because of my own reading lists I think I assumed it was going to be a spiritual self help book on 'letting go'.
So with the first story I was surprised and then shocked! I just wasn't expecting the way the stories unfolded and this totally added to the enjoyment.
A great collection of short stories! they all came to an end too soon, I could so happily have read many more.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
(Reviewer's note - (If anyone is wondering why there is not an Amazon Verified Purchase label on my Kindle reviews, it is because I have to make my purchases on the US Amazon - I can't make Kindle purchases on Amazon UK. You may be assured however, that I will never review a book or product that I have not purchased and used/read myself. Thank you.)

Someone once said that "fear and regret are the cruelest prison... a prison of our own construct... one we put ourselves in."

Regret is just that... a cruel prison... one we build from our own shattered dreams and lost hopes, where `why' is replaced with an endless litany of `should haves' and `wished I'd done the other' and `if only'. But, life doesn't always give one a second chance, as we find out in Letting Go... a collection of short stories from Victoria Watson.

Victoria Watson is an impressive writer... a great talent who uses her keen insight and observations of the human condition to draw with words... sad, dark, sometimes horrific, and heart-breakingly poignant pictures of humanity... troubled souls lost in despair... their hopes and dreams washed away in the rain of their own tears.

Victoria brings a depth to her characters and a level of emotion... completely un-contrived and so real that the reader feels almost as if they were in the same room, that they were reliving the very experience on the pages before them... which, in the words of another writer I admire, rivals that of Anita Shreve.

In Letting Go, Victoria writes with a strong voice and uses a stunning descriptive narrative style that draws the reader in from word one and carries them through, completely captivated and totally absorbed in her tale. More than once, I had to pause while reading her stories and catch my breath...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp slices of life.
Victoria Watson's Letting Go is a heartfelt and well-observed selection of sharp slices of life with a strong melancholy feel.
Published 11 months ago by Paul D Brazill
2.0 out of 5 stars Not overly impressed
Ok stories, quick read but very predictable twists. One 'story' was barely 2 pages long, yet another far too drawn out
Published 15 months ago by GRMC
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Collection
This is an outstanding collection of short stories from local author Victoria Watson.

The stories vary in length but have strong social and emotional connections, with a... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Random (Re)viewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love 'Letting Go' - couldn't put it down until I finished :)
Following Vic on Facebook for some time I had purchased this some time ago. With very free time on my hands I'd not managed to read it until today. Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2012 by Ragna
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
Not being a reader of short stories, I was delighted and impressed that I was drawn into every tale and the life and mind of each character. Read more
Published on 19 July 2012 by Ruth Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars Letting Go
I'm always on the lookout for collections of short stories as I write short stories and others forms of fiction myself, and am constantly looking for inspiration. Read more
Published on 3 July 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Letting Go
Letting Go This delightfull mixture of light and dark tales held a few surprises for me. The writer clearly has a sense of fun, however, that is balanced with a strong sense of... Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2012 by Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant short reads
This book was easy to read and very quirky. I would highly reccommend this read to anyone. It is easy to put down and pick back up again after every story because they are all so... Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2012 by kirsty maule
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking Collection
To be perfectly honest I have never been a reader of short stories, at least until now. Victoria Watson has assembled a collection of profound, emotional and well written stories... Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2012 by Marilou George "Confessions Of A Reader"
5.0 out of 5 stars You will like it.
Victoria Watson provides us here with a remarkable collection of short stories. I would not say, the stories are too short, but he book surely is ...; with other words I hope Ms. Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2012 by Mathias
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