Double Trouble (Short Story Collection 2015) by DM Wolfenden

Book Synopsis: 

Three short stories. 

Carly: Carly has been through a horrendous ordeal; her cousin disappeared, then her family were murdered in front of her. She tells the police that James Andres had been stalking her, then he killed her family and kidnapped her, and that she has killed him. However, she refuses to reveal where the body is.

The Box: Fifteen years after their mother walked out on them and their father, twenty-seven-year-old Charlene, and her sister Stacy open The Box that their father keeps his secrets hidden away in. What they learn changes everything. What really happened to their mother.

Bernie and the Beast- Only available in this collection: Bernie has started having visions, he sees what the beast with yellow eyes does.

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About the Author:

One day, when I was really bored at work, because we had been waiting on weather (I’m an offshore radio op, the weather was too bad for helicopters to land, or boats to work with us), I was thinking about my favourite genre, horror, and started comparing Bram Stokers, Dracula, to Stephanie Mayer’s, vampires in Twilight.

This got me thinking about why vampires die when they were staked in the heart if they didn’t have a heartbeat. Why did people not turn into a vampire if they were kissed by a vampire if the venom was in there saliva? I wanted to create a more believable vampire so, I asked myself two questions. What if vampires did exist, how could they survive in our world? How could they remain undetected? I put pen to paper and my ideas were born. My vampires would be more human, there would be good and bad vampires, and to some people’s horror (forgive the pun), they had a heartbeat, and would age with time.  My first novel, Behind Blue Eyes was born.

Since then I have written three short stories, Carly, The Box, Bernie and the Beast. Carly and the Box are available as short stories, but they have also been incorporated in an anthology, Double Trouble; which includes Bernie and the Beast. All come under the murder/mystery genre. For 2016 / 2017 I have a Rom/com planned, and a Zombie Horror.

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I have recently started reading short stories and short story collections, this is a great lil book of shorts. I really would have to say I enjoyed the first two the most as I found them more developed in character and story line vs Bernie and the Beast. I found Carly to be very suspenseful as Carly tells her side of the story to the reporter. The story has you guessing all the way through wondering what really happened to Carly and her family. I would love to see this as a full novel as I think it would be a great story.

The Box, is another quick and suspenseful read, did the girls dad do something to their mom? what happened to the guy who raped Charlene? Why is Charlene still defending her father and letting him treat her horribly? Even though this is a short story if moves along at a pretty fast pace and has the reader on the end of their seat wondering what will they find out next. I find the character development is really good also.

Bernie is the third short story in this collection and is a very quick read, the author does a great job portraying Bernie as a man seeing visions and only in the end do we find out more about what is going on with these "visions" that Bernie continues to have and then dead bodies show up. I don't want to give anything away from any of these stories but I will say if you are looking for some quick reads that are suspenseful and thrilling this is a great collection for that. 

I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received a copy of the above book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.*~


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