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A review of Blue Bell by Roma Gray
This short story is a twenty-three-minute audiobook. The main character is Jasper, who gets talked into doing something bad by his criminal big brother so that he can do something good with his ill-gotten gains. However, things don’t go according to plan and Jasper ends up hiding in a strange little building. While there, he meets Blue Bell, a blue-haired clown who wants to be friends. Of course, being a horror story, all is not as it seems.
The story flowed nicely and the pace was good.
The production of the audiobook was good, no music or sound effects and I didn’t hear any other background noises whilst listening.
I also felt the narrator did a very good job with the manuscript and created good voices for each of the characters.
This is my introduction to the Writer Roma Gray, and it was a great way to meet her. The story has an incredible flow, it is verbose without being overly intellectual (not a bad thing). and it sets up the start of something much bigger.
It begins with a jewelry heist gone awry, and ends with Hitler's Doll. The main character is having everything go wrong for him, and he finds himself on the lam, and ends up somewhere he shouldn't be. BlueBell has tinges of Robert the Doll and Anabelle mixed in, but is a set up for an even bigger (and better?) story. Gray's writing really sings. It is descriptive and draws you in fast, which is necessary in a short story like this. Her narrative keeps your attention with things ranging from broken keys to horny skeletons.
Her narrator, Terry Self does an amazing job epitomizing her poor schlub of a main character, Jasper. You feel his panic, and sympathize with him with Self's empathetic tones. This is the first time hearing him (so I got a tofer in this tale) and I have to say he is impressive.
All I can say is that I now want to hear the rest of the story. Great job, ROma and Terry! You make a nice pairing.
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Clowns have always scared me and now I feel justified!! Jasper seems to keep being in the wrong place wrong time...first, as a getaway driver for his brother then breaking into a strange museum while running from cops. He encounters a strange clown-like-ventriloquist doll named Blue Bell...*shudders*
Blue Bell can’t be real...or is it? I need the follow up story to find out more about Jasper’s tale.
I voluntarily accepted a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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