10 Dec 2015

Review: Out of Control by Trevor Belshaw

Genre: Noir-Suspense
Release Date: Aug 25th 2015

It began with a trivial moment of carelessness, but the shockwaves that reverberate from this seemingly insignificant incident, spread far and wide.
Ed and his heavily pregnant wife Mary are on an errand for Ed’s ailing father before the pair depart for warmer climes. But the winter of 1962 comes early and one innocuous event and a hastily taken decision will have devastating consequences for the family of young Rose Gorton. Mary’s already fragile mental state is put under further stress while Ed tries to make sense of events that are spiralling massively, Out of Control.

I must admit, I had absolutely no idea what to expect from this novella. I'd agreed to review it without even checking out the synopsis (which is rather unusual for me) but, boy was I in for a surprise! I read it in two sittings, but could easily have done it in one because it's one of those stories that has you sitting on the edge of your seat. Plus, it's quite short so it would be a perfect read for commuting, for instance.
I took an instant dislike to the two main characters which, I guess, is what the author intended. He really did make Mary into a nasty piece of work! And Ed? Well, throughout I just kept thinking,' it serves you right for putting up with such a b***h!' At least I hope this is what the author intended lol. All in all, this is an excellent piece of writing - it could be improved with a little extra proofreading though as I did spot a few minor spelling mistakes. But it never put me off because the story is brilliant. I could totally see this as a movie. I'd definitely be interested to read more by this author in the future.

Trevor Belshaw, aka, Trevor Forest, is a writer of both adult and children's fiction. He lives in Nottingham, UK with his mad Springer Spaniel, Maisie. Trevor is the creator of Tracy’s Hot Mail (Crooked Cat Publishing,) and has recently released a noir novella, Out of Control.
Writing under the name, Trevor Forest, he has published fourteen children’s books including the Magic Molly series, The Stanley Stickle series, and Peggy Larkin's War.
Trevor’s short stories and articles have appeared in various magazines including The Best of British, Ireland’s Own and First Edition. His poem My Mistake was awarded a highly commended status and included in the Farringdon Poetry competition best entries anthology. His children’s poem Clicking Gran, was longlisted in the Plough Poetry competition 2009.
Trevor’s short stories have been published in many anthologies including the charity anthologies. 100 Stories for Haiti, 50 Stories for Pakistan, 100 Stories for Queensland, The Best of CafĂ© Lit, (2011 2012 and 2013) The Best of Friday Flash Volume 2, Another Haircut, Shambelurkling and other stories and 24 Stories for Advent.
Twitter @tbelshaw
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Email trevor(AT)trevorbelshaw.com

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