19 January, 2019

The Monster in the closet by K Kris Loomis - [Book Review]

Book Details:

Title: The monster in the closet
Author: K Kris Loomis
Genre : Fiction, Short stories
Length of the book: 152 pages
Publisher:  Lililoom Publishing; 2 edition (December 20, 2016)
Source: A free kindle copy from the author for review


Growing up is tough. So is growing old. And everything in between? Well, it’s all tough.

Between the pages of this short fiction collection, you will find internet daters, shy bus drivers, talking corpses, playground bullies, and monsters in the closet. Spies, old friends, unhappy teens, grieving sisters, overworked businessmen, and novice chess players bare their struggles and triumphs in local parks, cafes, funeral homes, bus stops, even their bedrooms. 

These poignant, often humorous, contemporary short stories remind us how important human connections are in this crazy, yet beautiful world. 

Fifteen stories in all!

My Review :

This book is a collection of different short stories for children. A few stories are great, some are silly and some are real. The collection is categorized to bedtime stories, the cafe stories, the park stories, the funeral stories, and the bus stories.  

The first story which is also the title of the book is unique and sends across a message that every individual has to learn to overcome their fears and use their sixth sense to detect danger and act accordingly.

The story ' self-improvement ' in cafe stories is very funny. 

'The Gossip Grind' is very nearer to the truth. I wish many people would think like Beth and stop gossip.

The story "Now at peace" is very nice. It is about an elder sister who comes for her mother's funeral to realize a few unknown things about her mom. This story shows how relationships change with time.

"Glue it to your butt" story is cool when we minus the swear words.

"Say something " is emotional and real. I loved the human connection depicted well in this story.

Overall, this is a good time pass read. I enjoyed reading most of the stories. I would have loved to see some twists in the storyline, but a few are simple.

I recommend this book to the readers who love short stories. 

My Rating: 4/5

PS: I have received this book from the author in exchange for a review and this is my honest opinion on the book.

About the Author:
K. Kris Loomis is an eclectic author who writes both fiction and nonfiction books. She is the author of the novel, The Sinking of Bethany Ann Crane, as well as the short story collection, The Monster in the Closet and Other Stories. Kris has also written several books about yoga and meditation and a humorous travelogue about the time she, her husband and their handicapped cat moved to South America called Thirty Days In Quito: Two Gringos and a Three-Legged Cat Move to Ecuador. 

When Kris isn't at her standing desk writing, you will find her playing chess, folding an origami crane, or practicing a Beethoven sonata on the piano. She lives in Rock Hill, SC with her husband and two cats.

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