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Official Review: Sinful by the3percenters Collective

Post by joshfee77 » 26 Nov 2019, 19:57

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Sinful" by the3percenters Collective.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Sinful is a book of eight short stories from a collective of seven Irish crime authors who call themselves “the3percenters.” In “Sessions with Elena,” a psychiatrist's narcissistic and psychotic patient becomes obsessed with her. “Eleven O Two” deals with Barry, a dissatisfied office employee who catches a train home from a work function and meets an attractive redhead even drunker than him. In “You Must Be Good for Something but You Ain't No Good to Me,” debt collector Charlie's latest assignment proves more complicated than usual. “Goodbye Bella Bailey” describes the folly of a man who thought he could have it all, while "Number Five" is about Daniel, a young family man who enjoys hiking alone in the beautiful Irish countryside – and not just for the hiking. These stories and more make up this highly entertaining anthology.

The idea of forming a collective like “the3percenters” to promote emerging writers is brilliant. With so many talented, struggling writers and artists out there, it’s great to see some taking the initiative to promote themselves in groups. I can tell you now: “the3percenters” have plenty of talent. “Sessions with Elena” was fantastic, featuring great characterisation, suspense, drama, beautiful editing, and a powerful twist ending. I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end.

“Eleven O Two” was a dark, rivetting tale of a disturbed man dissatisfied with life, while “You Must Be Good for Something but You Ain’t No Good to Me” was a cracking, raw, street-smart story featuring some clever humour. “Goodbye Bella Bailey” beautifully highlighted the perils of becoming involved with a broken woman: a manipulative, controlling, malignant narcissist. “The Porkeen in the Pulper Shed” dealt with the disturbing psychology of a young social misfit in a relatively sympathetic way.

“Number Five” was brilliant, its innocuous set-up followed by not one but two shattering twists – simple, dark storytelling at its best. I found “Tainted Love” satisfying and fulfilling, given it depicted the ultimate fall of a morally bankrupt human being. Finally, “All That Glisters” offered a powerful and disturbing glimpse into a violent relationship and the destructive personality behind it. My favourite stories in this collection were “Sessions with Elena,” “You Must Be Good for Something but You Ain't No Good to Me,” “Goodbye Bella Bailey,” and “Number Five.” However, I enjoyed all the stories to varying degrees; there were none that didn't feel well-written and engaging.

As for negatives, there were some missing commas on occasion, plus other minor typographical errors, mostly after the first 100 well-edited pages. I must, therefore, rate Sinful 3 out of 4 stars. However, with the editing fixed, it would be a definite 4-star book. Anyone who enjoys quality crime fiction would love this book, with its strong character development, twist endings, and the dark yet irresistible pull of human beings with serious psychological issues. It did contain some profanity and erotic scenes, but I found both suitable for the genre.

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Post by Letora » 28 Nov 2019, 05:53

Oh wow, this sounds like a gripping novel. Everyone seems to have a dark secret that is going to come to light. Just my type of read! Great review!
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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 28 Nov 2019, 06:03

While I am not usually fond of short stories from multiple groups, it sounds like the3percenters' stories mesh well together. Thanks for the engaging review!

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Post by Falconcrest » 28 Nov 2019, 06:04

This compilation of stories sounds like a great read and the diverse input of authors makes this even more appealing. Thanks for a great review.

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Post by KingK123 » 28 Nov 2019, 06:12

The fact that the authors are all specifically Irish crime writers sounds very intriguing. I would be interested in seeing the similarities between the stories.

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Post by spencermack » 29 Nov 2019, 10:08

Sounds like a perfect read once those minor edits are made! Great review!
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Post by ronmathewalx » 29 Nov 2019, 22:21

The plot seems to be really gripping!! It is not exactly my taste, but I would love to give this book a try.

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Post by Marsnikk » 01 Dec 2019, 08:02

Weaving psychology into crime fiction sounds like a perfect marriage! I can’t wait to read this.

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Post by joshfee77 » 03 Dec 2019, 15:09

Letora wrote:
28 Nov 2019, 05:53
Oh wow, this sounds like a gripping novel. Everyone seems to have a dark secret that is going to come to light. Just my type of read! Great review!
Thanks! It certainly was a gripping read, from a talented set of authors. They definitely deserve a wider audience.
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Post by joshfee77 » 03 Dec 2019, 15:10

Stephanie Elizabeth wrote:
28 Nov 2019, 06:03
While I am not usually fond of short stories from multiple groups, it sounds like the3percenters' stories mesh well together. Thanks for the engaging review!
Yeah, thematically, these stories were very similar, but with enough variety to keep things interesting. Thanks!
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Post by joshfee77 » 03 Dec 2019, 15:12

Falconcrest wrote:
28 Nov 2019, 06:04
This compilation of stories sounds like a great read and the diverse input of authors makes this even more appealing. Thanks for a great review.
Thanks! Each author definitely had their own style, though all of them fit into the crime genre particularly well.
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Post by joshfee77 » 03 Dec 2019, 15:14

KingK123 wrote:
28 Nov 2019, 06:12
The fact that the authors are all specifically Irish crime writers sounds very intriguing. I would be interested in seeing the similarities between the stories.
The genre and settings had enough similarity to make this book cohesive, while the writers each had their own unique plot and style. Thanks!
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Post by joshfee77 » 03 Dec 2019, 15:15

spencermack wrote:
29 Nov 2019, 10:08
Sounds like a perfect read once those minor edits are made! Great review!
Thanks! I agree - I would have really liked to rate this book the 4 stars it deserves.
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Post by joshfee77 » 03 Dec 2019, 15:17

ronmathewalx wrote:
29 Nov 2019, 22:21
The plot seems to be really gripping!! It is not exactly my taste, but I would love to give this book a try.
Yeah, these stories really grabbed me and held my attention right from the outset. Definitely worth a read. Thanks.
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Post by joshfee77 » 03 Dec 2019, 15:18

Marsnikk wrote:
01 Dec 2019, 08:02
Weaving psychology into crime fiction sounds like a perfect marriage! I can’t wait to read this.
The psychology of the characters did play a major role in all these stories. Really engaging crime writing. Thanks!
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