Personal Rating: 3/5 (just okay)
Yearly Count: 64
(ss) Yearly Count: 40 - 49
Ten literary, psychological, and suspense tales collected in Sandcastle and Other Stories are nothing short of an adventure through a roiling sea of emotion.
An old man twisted by fate and a lost love . . . a young girl playing on the ocean shore becomes entangled in nets of a mercurial god . . . a divorced man mired in troubles, coerced into taking a singles cruise . . . a Hollywood actor in a television drama, always typecast as the bad boy . . . a child kept awake by night terrors, and a woman who hides her secretive personality from everyone on the beach one sunny day.
Genuine voices of the characters, mixed with a clear-eyed tonal directness, make this a series with mesmerizing psychological interaction. Stories span a broad depth of human understanding and build a bridge between deepest chasms of pain and high portals of joy.
I really enjoyed the variety of topics this collection addressed and some were really great; however, I did run across some that were definitely not for me. Ultimately, my individual ratings averaged out to be just an okay collection. I really loved the Michigan connections and glad that I took the time to read these stories, but it wasn't a favorite.
My thanks go to Gemelli Press and NetGalley for providing me with this eGalley.