Book Review: The Suspenseful Collection

I wish to extend my sincere thanks to Didi Oviatt and Kim Knight! I feel honoured to be  one of the lucky winners of their first short story collection!

The book consists of eight short stories, each written by both authors.  Author One writes Scene one, Author Two finishes the story in Scene Two. Only the authors know who wrote which scene, but the stories are seamless and well written.

This is a great collection of short stories, all of which I enjoyed, and like all anthologies, some I enjoyed more than others.

The stories are for mature readers only, something to keep in mind if you are bothered by books with sexual content or offensive language, this might not be for you. For those with an open mind, enjoy!

It was The First Time I Killed A Man.

It’s 1972 and New York’s first female serial killer Lisa Vanacilli is in the hot seat again, ten years after her conviction of murder to the first degree and innocent plea. The ruthless but sexy reporter Tiffany Low cracks Lisa for a confession… at a price. Lisa is strong, courageous and says it how it is. This story has been extended due to reader’s demand. And is only for adult readers.

I can’t say I loved this story, but that might have something to with Lisa being so hard to like. She’s just nasty! She’s crude, demanding and narcissistic. Contains sexual content and profanity.

Psychological Fiction: Every Time I Hear That Voice From The Basement.

George appears to be harmless. The local neighbourhood geek on the outside, married to Jolene. In reality, he’s a very disturbed man. His path crosses with Dana, the local check out girl. This is a psychological suspense story with a twist.

Ooooh…Creepy guy! He seems so innocent but one to definitely stay away from! What a great read!  Didi and Kim did a great job building up the main character.  I loved the scene with Jolene when she was getting cleaned up but I wonder if something more should have happened there?

Crime Fiction: The Entrance To The Tunnel Is His Only Way Out.

Juan is a wanted man, and an ex-gang member on the run from Atlanta to Mexico. With a hundred grand in cash stolen from his ex-boss, he meets an unlikely fate in Mexico. A fast-paced crime fiction story.

Loved this! I totally did not expect this ending! Well done!

Contemporary Romance: When His Hands Run Up My Thighs I…

Love has no time limit, age limit or use by date. Sarah now in her fifties is reunited with her long-lost love Joshua. They last had contact in 1961. In the present day, thanks to the advancement of technology their paths cross. A heart-warming and modern tale, about long distance love, that will leave you warm inside.

Loved this heart touching story of long lost love.  Beautifully told.

Suspense: We Only Said Goodbye With Words, I Died A Hundred Times:

In 1963 Russian Femme Fatale Mila Petrov is London’s top Madam. Her entertainment house is booming, she has a team of London’s strongest women behind her. Unfinished business from her past creeps up and haunts her. It’s nothing she can’t handle. A suspenseful historical tale, with a strong femme fatale.

Mila Petrov is a great character, strong and powerful.  What will she do and how will she handle the situation?  Really enjoyed this one!

Fantasy: The Ones Who Live At The Bottom Of The Ocean, Come To The Surface.

A beautiful coming of age story, featuring sixteen year old Zoe and her mother May-Li. Myth becomes reality, as Zoe finds out who and what she really is. Her mixed descent reveals more than what meets the eye. This fantasy story is set against the backdrop of a Greek island and Hong Kong, China.

I was surprised at the turn this story took, and I really enjoyed it! It was fresh and unexpected and made me want more. It would be interesting for the authors to continue another segment of this story.


Suspenseful Crime Fiction: Guilty As Charged, In Self-Defence

California’s sassy, tough, and likeable defence lawyer Catherine has taken on a case so high profile, if she wins she’ll become a partner of Martin Law Firm. Defending forty six year old Mrs. Chevelle. An ex Las Vegas show girl, now a Hollywood wife, on trial for the murder of her high-profile husband. She claims she’s innocent. Readers are taken on a fast -paced journey on a mission to seek the truth.

A female character finds her own strength to stand up not only for herself but for others as well.  The twist comes at the end when she finds that things aren’t always as they seem.

Contemporary Fiction: It’s A Man’s Man’s World:

A beautiful modern tale showing the love and appreciation of a woman. James Brown said it right when he said, “it’s a man’s man’s world, but it would mean nothing without a woman or a girl.”

A beautiful story about a man watching his mother pass and the cherished gift she gave him.


You can check Kim Knight’s blog out here and Didi Oviatt’s here.  Please go to their blogs and give them a follow if you haven’t already!

Right now, they are having a Flash Sale on The Suspenseful Collection!  Only $.99 (or .99P in the UK!) on Amazon. Here’s the link:  The Suspenseful Collection Volume One: Eight Suspenseful Short Stories Across Multiple Genres