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  • Posted June 7, 2011

    A Dish Best Served Cold

    I went into Victimized without reading anything about it. I just purchased it knowing that I enjoyed Richard's first novel (Transubstantiate) and wanted to read something else by him.

    This story had a lot of the elements that I loved about Transubstantiate. It starts out vague - really vague. And tells a little story, gives some emotion, reveals a little more. It really eases you into the story and keeps you screaming, "Just tell me what's going on already!"

    But that's what I liked about it. I like when an author can build the tension to the point that you're begging for more, where the author has you guessing what's going on. And when everything finally does come together and you figure out what's happening (and what's probably going to happen), when that realization hits - you can't help but smile.

    If you've read Transubstantiate by Richard, then you'll recognize his style and tone. The prose is his. The style is his. He's perfecting his craft. This story is tight, it's focused. And I really enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.

    Story wise - without giving any spoilers - it has the feel of Craig Davidson's The Fighter meets Shirley Jackson's The Lottery.

    Like I said before though, this story is all Richard's. It pulls you in and keeps you reading. I read it much faster than I thought I would or should have. I had things that needed to get done, but I made myself finish reading this first.

    Was it perfect? Probably not. There was little section at the end where I wish there was more to it. Like explain what the point of that little bit at the end was for. But really I'm nit picking at this point.

    This story is highly recommended. And for a buck, you're not going to get much better than this.

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