The Eyes of Madness presents “Simple reviews from a simple reader…”
““Don’t make this harder on any of us, please. Don’t make a scene that my daughters will see. Don’t make this any more horrible than it already is. I’m going to let you think on this. I know you’re saying ‘no’ now, but please think about it. This is what Vicki wanted. I mean, Christ! Think of all that she did for you! She would have gladly taken bullets for either of you! Nobody is asking you to …. , we’re just making her look pretty one last time. This time it’s just in a different way.”
One last taste of perfection…
Sasha and Brynn descend upon the showplace home of their girlhood friend, Vicki, planning to celebrate her surviving cancer to reach her fortieth birthday. As they gather around Vicki’s perfectly set dinner table, though, her husband shares devastating news. The cancer is back, and she doesn’t have long to live.
Her life is cut even shorter than Sasha and Brynn expect—the next morning, their friend is found dead, her flawless skin slit at the wrists. But a tub full of blood is only the beginning. Before the weekend is through, they are forced to question how far they’re willing to go to fulfill Vicki’s last wish.
A very specific, very detailed recipe that only the truest of friends could stomach…
“‘Well, what now?’ he asked gruffly. George was in no mood to show me sympathy or spare my fragile feelings. It was time to get down to business and do what I promised I’d do.”
Vicki Beautiful is a very solid, quite unnerving, and.. well… beautiful read. How far would you go to fulfill your lifelong friend’s last wishes? That’s the question on the table here in this quick and tidy novella, the first ever release from Somer Canon, congrats!
The hook drops pretty quickly, snaring you and immediately calling forth the dark possibilities and ramifications Vicki’s request presents. And from there it’s a parade of one uncomfortable preparation after another as you, the reader try to weigh just how dark this is going to go… and just how dark you could go in the same situation.
The three friends here really come across as connected. The feeling of lifelong compadres shines through, authentic and heartfelt. The choices that are made as based on this tangible friendship and service the story well. There’s an oppressive weight that settles early and stays the course. I had the most fun with the ladies’ significant others, relative newcomers to their dynamic and getting caught in the chaos.
There was a certain way that I was hoping Vicki Beautiful would end. It’s probably irrational, and it would have undermined another character, but damn, I wanted it so bad. I didn’t get it, and that’s fine, as it’s not about me. The ending we get plays well to the story, maintains the solid sense of unease, and leaves you with something to think about, something to decide. I feel that if the pages kept turning the narrative would go darker. I want it to go darker, a lot darker. What does that say about me?
“This ain’t Christian, what you folks is doin’.”
Overall score: 4/ 5
Zakk is a big dumb animal!
**Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher/ publicist on the promise of an honest review. These are my unbiased feelings.
Biography of Somer Canon
Somer Canon is a minivan revving suburban mother who avoids her neighbors for fear of
being found out as a weirdo. When she’s not peering out of her windows, she’s consuming books, movies, and video games that sate her need for blood, gore, and things that disturb her mother.
Vicki Beautiful is her debut novella.
Praise for Vicki Beautiful
“ I read this at one gripping session and I shall read more by this author. Excellent, original and worth every one of my five stars.” –Catherine Cavendish, Author of The Devil’s Serenade
“At times it reminded me of the cult classic “Eating Raoul” and others “The Big Chill”. Suffice to say, Canon has created an intriguing tale that will not only have you caring about characters put into an awkward, unsettling situation but also wondering how they’ll react to it every step of the way. I highly recommend this unique and entertaining story.”
–Matthew Franks, Author The Monster Underneath
“This is not the normal type of book that I would read, but the cover sold it to me, and I like reading new authors and genres. This book is beautifully written, the writing flows and you feel you really understand what the character’s are feeling…” Rebecca, GoodReads Reviewer
“The ending of this story was truly horrific. I am an old school horror fan, and have been indulging in the genre since I was old enough to hold a book. I also adore and enjoy the sub-genre splatterpunk, I read Jack Ketchum as a bedside book all the time. It takes a lot to phase me, but even I was turning my head in repulsion at the end. What a wonderful debut story for Somer Canon.”
–Badseedgirl, GoodReads Reviewer
“A simple story, but all the more powerful for its simplicity. Four stars. The author has guts and skill.” –Outlaw Poet
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