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Review of Lightshade

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Lightshade" by Marie Montine.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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“You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination.” I remember this quote from Rod Serling, the creator of The Twilight Zone.

I loved The Twilight Zone, that show featuring short, startling tales which I so looked forward to weekly when I was young. I didn’t even know they were reruns. This book, Lightshade by Marie Montine, gave me the same high with its four stories about the supernatural. “Echo Lake” narrates the story of Faith, a restaurateur with psychic abilities. “Highway Thirteen” will make the reader wary of the number 13 (Has it ever lost its bad reputation?) and of visiting seedy roadside motels. The message “Love is forever” rings clear in “Field.” In the longest story, “The Visitor,” the reader encounters a sinister presence in a spooky park. The entire book has only 52 pages, with the last story taking up 29 of those.

I admire the author’s imagination and the clever outer and inner dialogues that portray the emotions of her characters. The creepy names for the titles and locations show her attention to detail. A restaurant called Whispering Willows, the forest Vathy’s Creek, and Raven’s Park will all ignite the horror aficionado’s interest. There is an excellent use of foreshadowing and red herrings, and I closed each story with a contented sigh. Although each story is unique and memorable, my personal favorite is “Highway Thirteen.” Police officers Kyle and Larry investigate a murder on, of all days, Christmas Eve. Will they solve it in time to greet each other with a “Merry Christmas”? Kyle’s first-person narration is spot-on. The story is a collaboration between the author and Alvin J Beck, her partner. I am guessing their dog, Pixie, contributed its two cents to the collection as well, though it is a cat, Casper, that has a special role in the “The Visitor.”

Unfortunately, the author was not careful about grammar rules. Too many errors littered the pages. The misused words, wrong verb tenses, and inaccurate punctuation marks were not too distracting. The more critical flaws were the inconsistencies (For instance, was George Faith’s husband or fiancé?) and misnamed characters. Such mistakes can spell doom for a thriller. I hope the author can get an editor to scare those errors away.

I recommend this collection to those who seek paranormal reads. There is not much profanity in the book, and it has very mild sexual content. However, I do not think it is ideal for readers below 16 owing to the discussions of marital discord and the graphic descriptions of dead bodies. I enjoyed the stories, but in its present error-ridden state, I can give only 2 out of 4 stars to the book. However, that is a situation that the author can easily remedy, and I am eager to read more of her mind-bending tales of light and shade.

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You're quite observant to notice subtle names as whispering willows, Ravens peak, and others. The book seems to have the potential for a great story though. Thanks for a great review.
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Kike17 wrote: 05 Dec 2021, 15:50 You're quite observant to notice subtle names as whispering willows, Ravens peak, and others. The book seems to have the potential for a great story though. Thanks for a great review.
Thanks for the compliment.

The author has great ideas. I only wish she also has a great editor.
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Sounds like an interesting book, and I'm glad the overburden of errors didn't prevent you from enjoying the book. Thanks for an excellent review.
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Nomcebo_0619 wrote: 05 Dec 2021, 22:41 Sounds like an interesting book, and I'm glad the overburden of errors didn't prevent you from enjoying the book. Thanks for an excellent review.
I hope the author can weed out those errors soon.
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This would have made a remarkable read. I hope the author can follow through with correcting the errors you have pointed out in your thorough review.
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This looks like an interesting book. Different stories have different messages and emotions to convey to the reader. Great review.
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This collection's stories could be engaging but getting distracted by error is indeed terrible for this genre, a real thrill-breaker, so I really hope the author will do proper proofreading to enable readers to enjoy this collection. Thank you for your honest review!
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I really like how you've styled your review! I wanted to read paranormal stories and this one sounds perfect for me.
I hope it gets properly edited.
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Post by expansive writer »

I have read through your review and this response above and I have realised that this is a good review despite the errors in it.
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