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September 16 , 2009

Predator or Prey

Short Tales With A Twist


Predator or Prey is a collection of ten short stories and flash fiction that are full of suspense, murder and mystery. All are snippets into the dark, and shadowy recesses of other people’s lives. Who really knows what shocking secrets are hiding behind closed doors? 
Each one a mini-thriller in its own right, these tales focus on all-too-common crimes, but there is a twist in every tale… did you see it coming? 

These tales while brief, are filled with suspense and surprises. ‘App for Life’ is the story of a desperate man whose abusive and controlling wife won’t allow him to escape her and who even thwarts his efforts to kill himself. ‘In A Kind Gesture,’ a beautiful little boy’s appearance lures a predator to his doom. ‘A Good Day’ details the life and fears of a bullied child who finally takes a stand. ‘A Little Peace and Quiet’ is a spooky and chilling look into the domestic life of a second-generation child abuser. 

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5 Stars ***** "J. New’s short story collection, Predator or Prey: Short Tales with a Twist, is filled with wonderfully macabre stories and very dark humor. She dispassionately examines her predators with the skill and nonchalance of a butterfly collector dropping his newest acquisitions into a killing jar. Nothing is quite predictable in Predator or Prey, except perhaps the reader’s growing realization that any characters who appear in one of New’s tales have found themselves in a very strange and disquieting world. I almost started to feel sorry for some of the predators, even if they do have some sort of justice coming to them. New’s writing is tight and taut and well-suited for the type and length of writing she’s presented here. Her extreme economy of expression and well-measured use of language amps up the tension and surprise in these marvelous little monstrosities. Predator or Prey: Short Tales with a Twist is highly recommended." ~ Jack Magnus for Readers Favorite 

5 Stars ***** “Predator or Prey: Short Tales with a Twist is a chilling collection written by J. New. There are ten stories in this collection and each one will cause a chill at the nape of your neck. In ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’, the quest for immortality ends up in a scenario that one would not expect. This is a book that explores the subconscious of people whose stories will grip your heart and mind. The author has a vivid descriptive style and this makes the book intriguing and difficult to put down. The shifting of the characters’ points of view from oppressor to victim is quite effective too, especially in heightening the thrill and mystery of the stories. The twists made me thirst for more details after reading each one of them. A very interesting read!” ~ Maria Beltran for Readers Favorite. 

4 Stars **** Each of the stories in Predator or Prey is well written and the best of J. New’s tales are the swift but shockingly effective ‘A Little Peace and Quiet’, the heartbreakingly clever ‘A Shiny New Bike’ and the slightly lengthier and creepy ‘A Sting in the Tale’. Overall, the collection is interesting and I would read more from this author. ~ Julia Hopkinson for Readers' Favorite 

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