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Even Stranger Paperback – 25 Apr 2016
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'A Stephen King-like dark tale of strange occurrences' --Breakaway Reviewers
About the Author
A feature and fiction writer for magazines, Marilyn Messik's first business was a children's book and party shop. She currently runs a copywriting consultancy and lives in Hertfordshire. Her first novel, Relatively Strange, was published in 2013 by Matador.
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I don't want to say anything about the actual storyline, spoilers are boring, but Stella is back, a little older, a little wiser [a very little] and definitely a little stranger. One of those rare books you wish you could wipe from your memory, just to have the pleasure of reading it again. Maybe I need a Glory...
She's growing up and learning more about the world and her gifts and finding out when's the best time to use them.
Trouble is she sometimes gets it wrong, a great book well written and well explained on psy abilities and how people are affected.
Please read this book you don't be disappointed.
The language is fab too. You can picture exactly what is going on. It is a sumptuous read.
It looks like book three is on its way and I can't wait for that. I want to hear more of Stella's adventures and see what happens to the Peacock gang.
So, we pick up Stella pretty much where we left her at the end of book one. She has mostly left the Strange behind her apart from a few dalliances when necessary (some of which are rather amusing) and we follow her through a succession of "interesting" jobs until, one day, at a family gathering, she drops the bombshell that she intends to start her own business. A kind of "helping hands" agency and, to Stella's surprise, Aunt Kitty supports her. Not only that, she also decides that she will be Stella's assistant to boot! All ticks along quite nicely until, one day, who should turn up at the office but Glory with Ed in tow. Stella thought (hoped) she had left those days behind her. What does Glory want this time? Will Stella agree to help? Does she even have a choice? Is that box firmly on the shelf or can Stella bear to open it once again and if she does it this one time, where will it end?
As the book goes on, we find out that Stella is more than capable of getting herself into a pickle without any help from Glory et al, and my heart was literally in my mouth several times as I was reading. As with the previous book, there are some wonderful one-liners, often taking me back down memory lane (to Friday at five to five for one!) and with some of the action being very high octane, I was very thankful for these periods of respite and light relief. I did get some strange looks from my brother whilst I was reading cos I have to admit to giggling on more than a couple of occasions! This author really does know how to balance a book with regard to a reader's emotional turmoil!
As with the author's first book, this one is filled to the brim with wonderful characters. Nasty or nice, they are all very well described and fleshed out. Very easy to emote with / relate to which I do need in a good read. I especially loved Kat the dog. If Stella ever feels she can't take care of her any more, I'd love to have her in my family! And Stella, oh Stella, I really love her. There are characters that you warm to immediately and really wish they were real and Stella is definitely in my top five. I'd love to have a coffee and a cake with her and get to know her properly!
I found this book incredibly hard to put down, I read it from start to finish in less than a day. I got a bit grumpy at times when life made me stop to do something boring but necessary and all I really wanted to do was get right back to Stella's world, back to the action, the adventure, the scary bits!
If you want something a little different for your next read, a book filled with delightful characters acting out a storyline that is both heart warming and harrowing, funny at times with a bit of Strange thrown in for good measure then this could be the series for you. Me, I really can't wait to see what Stella gets up to next. I hope the author writes quick!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.