Seesaw: by Rosen Trevithick
Overall review. This is a collection of short stories about a variety of topics, and leaving the reader in a mixture of emotions after reading them- thus I presume, the reason for the apt title. The stories are well writing, emotive, and a great example to other authors. Without giving too much away, I have tried to break the individual stories down, though I fear I will not do them all justice:
The Other Daughter: A truly inspiring piece of literature which looks into the emotional turmoil left behind by the loss of a missing child. A heart-breaking story that delves into the lack of closure and how different people deal with it. It reminded me of the Maddie McCann. The story haunted me for days after.
There’s Something Wrong with the Man Next Door: This is an amusing anecdote, and the perfect balance to follow on after the previous one. It deals with a middle aged widow’s crush for the new and mysterious neighbour. The book is aptly named as Seesaw, for it is filled with a whole heap of emotions which keep the reader rocking back and forth.
London, the Doggy and Me: This is a comical tale of a girl from a small seaside village who seeks a better life in the big city. Hoping to follow her dreams and break into acting, she sets off for London with high hopes. At first, she thinks that she has fallen on her feet when she is asked to housesit. Free accommodation is hard to find in the big city. The she finds out that she must also look after the owners beloved pooch. An excellent story that will kept me entertained.
Introducing Boris: A writer looks at two strangers and considers them for parts in a story she has yet to write. Another insightful story dealing with first impressions, body language, and human emotions. An excellent story with an unexpected sting in the tail.
On the Rocks: A moving and emotional look at a young bi-polar girl’s life. I feel that the author has poured her heart and soul into this and the next story.
The Selfish Act: A tragic tale about a girl suffering from mental illness and an insightful look into the rationale behind her eventual suicide. Brilliantly written.
Is He Going to Kill Me?: A glimpse at the terrifying act of kidnapping and the victim’s fears of the unknown. Why were they taken? What is going to happen? The story had a sad but humorous twist.
Lipstick and Knickers: An amusing anecdote about loyalty and guilt and the consequences of an excess of alcohol. The main character believes that he has been unfaithful to the love of his life after waking up the next morning to find evidence of his infidelity within his apartment. Desperate to find out who he slept with, he begins a long and hilarious whodunit working on the premise that it is one thing to be stupid enough to be unfaithful. It is even worse if you can’t remember who it was with. Time is against him. The longer it takes him to find his mysterious partner, the more chance his girlfriend will find out from somebody else. He needs to own up and face the consequences of his actions, but he is desperate to do so while presenting the full facts to her. As the clock ticks away, his search becomes more and more desperate.
The Other Mother: This is a follow on story from The Other Daughter and equally as good a tale as the previous one.
Knitting Man at the Door: This is a short story looking into fantasy and reality-checks.
- Paperback: 262 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2.0.0 edition (14 May 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1512195820
- ISBN-13: 978-1512195828
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 354 g
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