My Review of Glimpses by Hugh Roberts #BookReview

Glimpses by [Roberts, Hugh W.]


The Blurb:

After publishing some of his short stories on his blog, Hugh W. Roberts, who suffers from dyslexia, received numerous requests to publish his short stories in a book.

Here, at last, are 28 short stories that will take your mind on a rollercoaster of a ride into worlds that conceal unexpected twists and turns.

‘Glimpses’ allows the reader a peek into the lives of everyday people who are about to have life lead them on an unpredicted path. From a mysterious deadly iPad app, to a hole in the fence that is not all it seems, to a strange lipstick that appears to have a life of its own, you will encounter terror, laughter, sadness, shock and many other emotions on journeys which promise a thrilling and gripping climax.

If you are a lover of shows such as ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Tales Of The Unexpected’, then you’re in for a real treat with this first collection of short stories from Hugh.

Dare you take a glimpse into the lives of these unsuspecting characters?

“If you’re looking for a thoroughly entertaining read, Glimpses is the book for you. Each story has been cleverly crafted; through Hugh’s wonderful imagination, he has the ability to whisk you away to many different worlds, past, present and future. Every story makes a compelling read and just when you think you know what’s going to happen next, Hugh masterfully reveals a brilliant twist. With bite-size and longer stories, Glimpses is a must-read. I loved it.” – Esther Newton, Writer, and Author.

My Review:

 I was intrigued by the Table  of Contents in Glimpses; each of the twenty-eight stories is given a genre and a short explanation. It’s an eclectic mix and it enables the reader to pick and choose which they want to read first. I like this idea and, as with any reader I had my favourites; the four part murder mystery which begins with The Bridegroom and ends with Mother of the Bridegroom, the chilling The Easter Bunny, the two entertaining Marcia Dumplin stories, the poignant Last Train to Aldwych and I Believe in Father Christmas.

I’m not a fan of the Horror genre but, as I’ve said, I coped, just, with The Easter Bunny. Not so Needles, which I skipped through, cringing. Not at the author’s style but at the contents. A reader who enjoys horror stories will like this one.

It’s not often I read short stories but I enjoyed being able to dip into these.And I loved the way they led first one way and then another; real ‘twist in the tail’ stories. I look forward to Hugh W Roberts’ second collection in 2017

 I loved the cover, by the way; innovative and colourful, it’s eye-catching (pun intended!)

44 thoughts on “My Review of Glimpses by Hugh Roberts #BookReview

  1. Wonderful review, Judith! Congrats to you, Hugh. Nice to receive at Christmas time! Your book is next on my list. I will skip over many others to hoepefully read before Christmas! Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to you, Judith and Hugh. ❤️🎁🎉🎊🍾

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  2. Fantastic review of what to expect from Hugh’s stories Judith. I too am not a fan of horror, as it plays on me in the wee hours of the night, but I’m a big fan of Hugh’s stories with their twists and unpredictable endings. Thanks for the warning on The Needle, I may have to bypass that one if I get too creeped out, but I’m sure Hugh will understand. LOL. ❤

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      • lol, this was my first and last attempt at writing a gory story, Judith. When I was a lot younger I loved all the teen slasher movies like Friday the 13th, Nightmare On Elm Street, etc. However, I don’t like watching these kinds of movies anymore. I think I’ll stick to my shock elements when it comes to writing horror stories, such as in ‘The Easter Bunny’ and ‘The Gingerbread House’ where there is no gore. I’ve warned quite a few people about ‘Needles’ but I’m glad I gave writing it a go even though it doesn’t suit my style of writing.

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      • I’m glad you gave it a go as well, Hugh; how do we ever know which genre we will most enjoy or excel at if we don’t. (something I always tell my sometimes reluctant students!) Your shock element works really well and suits your style of writing. Now get going on the second collection;it’s almost 2017!! jx

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    • Of course, I will, Debby. ‘Needles’ was written for a short story competition where the genre was ‘horror’ and I had to include a shock element and some gore into the story. I got a little carried away and actually cut the story down for the book – some parts of it were too gruesome. Although the judges said they liked it, I rather think I scared some of them into thinking I was some kind of a serial killer with a dislike of cats. I’ll leave it there, but it is the goriest of all the stories.

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