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Strange Secrets

Author – Mike Russell 

Publisher – Independently Published 

Genre – Short Stories/ Fantasy/ Anthologies 

Pages – 154

Format – Paperback 

Release Date – February 8Th 2018

Reviewer – Me AKA TheBookishHermit

Synopsis ⤵️

Discover the mystery of the two-headed rose and many more Strange Secrets in this new collection of extraordinary stories by Mike Russell. ‘It can’t be real.’ ‘But it is.’ Strange Secrets invites you to discover the magical and the marvellous. Startlingly inventive and constantly entertaining, these unique, vital and vividly realised stories will take you to places you have never been before. 

About the Author ⤵️

Mike Russell was born in 1973. He grew up in the small village of Pulborough in the south of England. As a child, he enjoyed daydreaming, art and writing strange stories. As an adult, he enjoys daydreaming, art and writing strange stories.

My Review ⤵️

“When a treasure chest is made of treasure, what does it contain?”

First of all I would like to spend a few moments appreciating the cover of this book, it’s very simple but at the same time very effective. The cover appears to have a secret meaning of its own. This is definitely my favourite cover out of the collection of Mike Russell’s books that I have.

This is another amazing short story collection written by the genius that is Mike Russell! This man has a mind of magic and I am thrilled to be reviewing Strange Secrets which is his third short story collection.

As usual with Mr Russell’s stories we are taken away to another world of impossibilities and strange happenings, wacky characters and hidden messages!

We kick things off with a story called ‘The Constantly Empty Pool’ – this gives readers a taste of what craziness is to come! I really liked the hidden message in this one which I didn’t work out until the very end.

Other honourable mentions include ‘Maps’ and ‘The Puppeteer’ but the highlight of this collection for me was a story called ‘Missing Persons’ – I don’t even know where to start with this one, the story is an absolute masterpiece and deserves to be expanded upon! 

I honestly don’t know how this author does it, his work is truly clever, unique and so well thought out, thought provoking and utterly astounding. The stories are put across in the most surreal but plausible ways, the worlds created here are enchanting and full of mystery, I enjoyed every minute of this beauty! 

A very easy 5 stars! 

I would like to thank the author Mike Russell and also Jay Snelling of strange books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Link to Buy ⤵️

Author’s Website ⤵️

Thank you for reading!

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Much love

#TheBookishHermit AKA Laura. xx


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