Sunday, October 31, 2010

Scott Nicholson: Disintegration

DISINTEGRATION, Scott Nicholson, Smashwords by Haunted Computer Books, 171 pages,, reviewed by Barry Hunter.

Ever since I read the Hubbard Writers of the Future award winning “The Vampire Shortstop”, I was hooked on Scott’s writing. He takes the everyday things we take for granted, turns them on their ear and makes them into extraordinary stories.

This story is no exception. It opens with a father’s worst fear, that of a fire raging in their home and it’s between him and his daughters’ room. The next thing he knows is when he wakes up in the hospital covered in second and third degree burns and his wife tells him their daughter didn’t make it.

If all that is not bad enough, the fire department is looking into the fire, we learn he has money problems in his business, and the child was insured for $1,000,000. Add in an absent (?) twin brother who left town in disgrace, another child that died in its crib about a year ago, and his wife not being too happy with the circumstances.

Scott adds in several twists and turns to give us a novel that ends quite differently from what I expected. Pick this one up and become a Scott Nicholson fan if you aren’t already.

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