Blood Sons: a mafia family

Three striking stories intertwine in this American fable of family and fidelity. The author uses a vicious minor mobster in New York to explore the influence of nurture over nature – and it’s a set-up that works surprisingly well. The Family is all about family… isn’t it? That’s just one of the crime-thriller clichés which…

The Town Built On Sorrow: brilliantly chilling

Like Goldilocks’ porridge, this is neither too brief nor too verbose; not needlessly complicated but intrinsically clever in its composition. It pulls together two dark tales, one from the pioneer days when wagon trains headed west to start new settlements, and the other in the 21st century. The town of Hawthorn has, as the title…

The Angel In My Well: a meaning of life

A novella about traversing one of life’s inevitable landmarks into the emotional independence of adulthood, this beguiling tale blurs the ordinary banality of everyday middle-class life (9 to 5, designer shirt, takeaway curry, designer shoes, Friday night out, hangover, designer watch, blah) with significant spiritual revelation. As if that weren’t enough, author Kevin Ansbro also takes…