A Canvas of Lies I would like to believe that I am a good judge of character and not easily deceived, but this was really different, since my two close friends ended up stabbing me in the back. Museums, paintings and culture were said to be things of the rich, the uber wealthy. It wasContinue reading “A Canvas of Lies : Flash Fiction Short Story”
Jeffery Archer has a knack for the art of storytelling and his books have been bestsellers for years.
One unique feature about his short story collections is the twist in the ending of a story. A reader does not know what Archer really means to tell us until the very end.
Today I’ll be looking at three of his short story books :
A Twist in the Tale
A Quiver full of Arrows
Twelve Red Herrings
All three of these books fall under the genre of fictional mystery.
Examples of this creative and genius writing are in the books – A Twist in the Tale and A Quiver full of Arrows. These books are a collection of 12 or more short stories by Jeffery Archer. None of the stories last more than a few pages but involve jolts of suspense and a web of deception. The stories are built to change the whole narrative in less than a few lines, at the very end.
Twelve Red Herrings was a disappointment compared to the other two. None of the short stories stood out or sparked any enthusiasm. They were very slow and did not have a strong storyline.
Hercule Poirot is back with his immaculate mustache and Belgian accent. In his world – order and routine reigns supreme ,so when his highly efficient assistant Ms. Lemon makes not one – but three typing errors, he takes it upon himself to bring back order.
He is called down to the students hostel at the end of Hickory Road by the sweet bubbly caretaker Ms. Hubbard (Ms. Lemon’s sister) when she finds various items missing and vandalized.
She assumes it to be just some cruel joke until Hercule Poirot steps in and calls it “a unique and beautiful problem.”
He takes one look at the list of bizarre and yet unseeming random list of items that were stolen and vandalized – a stethoscope, some lightbulbs, some old flannel trousers, a box of chocolates, a slashed rucksack, some boracic powder and a diamond ring .
He knows something is amiss in Dickory road. Something much bigger than petty thefts and robberies.
Hickory Dickory Dock is a very classic detective novel with an interesting twist. A nice light read.
The storyline focuses on character buildup which I thoroughly enjoyed. The ending was mildly surprising.
I really enjoyed unique nuances of Hercule Poirot.
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It takes just one sentence to change the entire story.
Eden is happily married and has a perfect life with Aaron until they decided to start a family.Eden longs to hold the hand of a child.
IVF procedures,blood tests and more fertility treatments only leading to a misconception every single time.
Eden has seen her life crumble before her eyes ,time and again.She has now turned into an addict who needs her daily fix.She NEEDS to hold a child.She has reached the brink of a psychological disillusion and possibly losing her mind.
Jessie is a insomniac.She hasn’t slept in a week and could die.
The world record is 11 days.
When Jessie carries out her mother’s dying wish to truly find herself ,she discovers that Jessie Sloane does not exist.Her social security number turns up in the dead persons database.
Jessie has started hallucinating.She hears voices and sees things.But she just has one question mind?Who is really Jessie Sloane and what does the picture her mother has hidden in the wall of their house have anything to do with it?
The story is written through the perspective of these two woman-Eden and Jessie who’s lives intersect one another in the most thrilling way.
Rating – 4 out of 5
Genre -Psychological thriller
A book that keeps you gripped and hungry for more.
A shout out to Anushka Rai and Meenakshi Viswanathan who are as crazy about books as I am.Thank you for your part in my journey.