One thing I like about flash fiction is that you get the bare bones of the story right up front. The emotions are felt immediately, piercing your heart and mind, dragging you into the story within seconds.
Another thing I like about it is that the stories are short, my attention span isn’t what it used to be. Another thing I like about it is that the stories are short, my attention span isn’t…well… you get the point.
Garden Summerland has again created a collection of flash fiction short stories that are both original and compelling. The second book in a two volume series, her anthology is collection of another twenty-two flash fiction stories in different genres, and they are all new, previously unpublished works. You will find a varied selection of paranormal, mystery, & romance inside the cover, a great mix.
Some of her works are dark and disturbing, but passion abounds again in this volume, and you feel the characters at the end of their rope, grasping at anything to pull them out of the hole they find themselves in. Sometimes they find it, other times they just let go, letting the darkest core of their being take over. But for the luck of our circumstances, any of us could be there, and that is the really scary part.
Delving into the mind of a displaced man, we see the absurdity of the crush he has on a woman that will never be returned, yet you can’t help feeling a pain for him that he will never realize.
A love so deep, could you make the ultimate sacrifice to alleviate their pain? Insanity, so real to those experiencing it, who can say that theirs isn’t the true reality?
Surprise endings abound, and I love surprise endings.
And….there are vampires!
Garden Summerland has a grasp of the human psyche that astounds, and her way of expressing these conditions to the reader is exciting, as well as enjoyable to read.
I highly recommend the second volume of Flash Fiction Addiction to anyone who likes passionate stories of love, hate, revenge, and forgiveness, stories that are really a reflection of us all.