Collecting Candace

Collecting Candace

by Susan M. Brooks

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ISBN-13: 9780972932936
Publisher: Small Dogs Press
Publication date: 02/28/2005
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.22(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.47(d)

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Collecting Candace 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Susan M. Brooks has a writing style that just capativates me. I couldn't put this book down. As in her previous work, I felt like I was there in every page, in every environment of the book. This creepy look into the psychic mind of a human being with such great obsession is amazing. Draw your own conclusion at the end of this one. I found there to be more than one that fits. If you're interested in a bone chill, read this book. You won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Collecting Candace' is about a man who falls in love with a woman, but who believes that she has been diluted by the other past loves in her life, so he decides to go on a roadtrip to 'collect' the pieces of her that her ex's have taken with them. I won't give away how he 'collects' those pieces of her, because it could ruin the first part of the book for you. The story is mostly narrative and there is very little dialogue, which I usually don't like in the books. But I found Brooks' writing style very readable and a very effective method of conveying what was on this man's mind. It was also a clever way to give the reader some insight into his twisted thought processes. The physical descriptions are outstanding. I really felt as if I were in the story, feeling the heat and the confines of the places they visit. And the plot is very simple and moves very straightforward, giving the story a 'real-time' quality, like I was in the story myself. This is a true horror story, one that you could imagine reading about in the morning paper and finding out that your next door neighbor was involved. It examines the dark side of everyone, and how far we could go when pushed enough to prove that true love really does exist. It's very depressing in parts, and I wouldn't call it 'light' reading at all. In fact, I found myself getting bogged down in the dark mood and downward spiral of the two main characters at several points in the book. But I read it in one evening (which I think is the best way to read this book because things happen quickly and everything is threaded so well, you don't want to break it up by stopping and starting). Definitely not for everyone, but if you enjoy dark fiction, stories that don't have a 'Hollywood' ending, and books that really stretch your emotions, I think you'll enjoy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For me Collecting Candice was a visceral, chilling read that provoked my imagination. I now look at people on the street and wonder if they could be similar to the lost lonely characters that Brooks portrays in her story. The narration provided enough description that put me into the mood and scene stirring my emotions. I felt the deep seated loneliness of the characters and the need to fill the emptiness within them. There is an raw, instinctual level of why the characters become connected and sink deeper and deeper with each passing event. Collecting Candice reminded me of how a any single event can impact a person's life script. I very much enjoyed the emotional swings that Collecting Candice delivered. It was a sincere thriller and all too real life. I highly recommend this novel.