In the Books featuring Friends Like Us by Rob Shepherd

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Friends Like Us by Rob Shepherd.

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About the Book: A group of friends are taking one last holiday all together but are surprised when the long lost member of the group agrees to go. After years of struggling with his families and especially his own ghosts and haunted past Oliver needs to confront he demons and move on. But whilst playing what they think is a harmless game on holiday in a lodge, Oliver and his friends find out just how real your past can be in your present. In a panic the friends make a fatal decision. Now the past has come to haunt them and the friends realise just how fragile their own realities as well as their bodies really are. Who will last the night and who will have to stay forever?

My Review: There are few things I love more than a story that’s beautiful and haunting. The beginning of the story is fast and furious, but settles into a nice rhythm as the friends’ actions come back to haunt them. The descriptions are amazing and made me feel dirty, like I was there. There’s something special about feeling and smelling what’s in a story that really draws me in.

The characters were more complex than I expected in a short story, and that only added to my trepidation. The different personalities meshed well, though at times, I wondered how or why some of them were friends, and that added another layer of realism.

I don’t give away spoilers, but the ending was a pleasant surprise and really tugged at the feels. I really enjoyed the story and recommend it if you like a good suspenseful story.

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About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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