Mickey Collins

Fiction - Crime
381 Pages
Reviewed on 10/27/2022
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There is nothing worth knowing about this author. He has some other books which are also quite good (see http://www.kevinforde.com). Other than that, it's all too boring. We checked.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Mickey Collins by Kevin Forde follows the life story of Mickey Collins as he remembers where his life went wrong. Born in Cork, Ireland, Mickey was part of a crime family and paid the price for it as he looked forward to his days behind bars. At the age of 30, Mickey had a rap sheet that would put any ordinary citizen to shame, and that was saying something. His mother, Tanya, was the leader of her criminal group and had groomed her children to become criminals as well. Shoplifting, and taking drugs was too easy for him and his siblings as they hopped from one foster home to another. However, things became tough when Mickey became an adult and faced jail time. When Tanya threw him under the bus for certain crimes, Mickey realized he had no one to blame but himself for his life.

I adored Mickey Collins by Kevin Forde. From the moment the story began until the last sentence, it was a treat that I thoroughly enjoyed. Mickey’s narrative was terrific, to say the least. At first, I thought he was an unreliable narrator; however, as the story progressed his erratic thoughts became very obvious. You could track Mickey’s progress and development through the way he shared his story with readers. It became progressively mature and almost deranged as he grew up and lost every semblance of innocence. Tanya had a very important role to play in her son’s downfall. No one was perfect, and our antihero was no exception to that. I wasn’t expecting to find humor in the story. I was ready for a dark, gritty tale of how a life of crime can destroy everything in its way. What I received was a narrative jammed-packed with action; the sometimes dark and mostly engrossing story of a man lost to crime.

Vincent Dublado

Mickey Collins by Kevin Forde is a compelling coming-of-age story surrounding an Irishman and his family that built a life of crime. Told in the form of transcribed recorded interviews, Mickey Collins from Cork City, Ireland narrates his story. He tells of how crime becomes deeply rooted in his life as well as that of his family, as his mother, Tanya, gives him an early start by giving him and his siblings errands like picking up drugs. His Uncle Con, on the other hand, taught him and his siblings how to shoplift. But that old adage that crime does not pay gradually inches into Mickey as he and his older brother, Cillian, get into trouble. As the family’s list of transgressions increases, Mickey and his siblings are sent to different foster homes before they reunite with their mother. As an adult, Mickey often finds himself at odds with the law, and it puts a considerable strain on his relationship with his mother in that they will be ratting on each other to save their own skin.

Kevin Forde gives a strong sense of realism in this tale as his transcript-style narrative allows you to get into the mind of Mickey Collins. His unfiltered thoughts, however, tend to branch out, yet it ultimately keeps a clear eye on the ball. Eventually, all the threads about Mickey’s family and criminal life come down to that moment when he makes an assessment of what truly matters to him. Time is of the essence in shaping the story arc, as it demonstrates that a life of crime may pay dividends at the beginning, but the huge leverage always takes a negative toll. As a criminal protagonist, you don’t reserve loathing for Mickey. Rather, you show him compassion and understanding because Forde has allowed you to get to know what Mickey’s life has been like. It’s a must-read story about how a criminal evolves.

Foluso Falaye

Mickey Collins relates growing from childhood to near maturity within a group of people whose interests are on the wrong side of the law in Kevin Forde's Mickey Collins. Several notable occurrences in the book include shoplifting, pre-teen drinking, breaking into people's homes, smoking, selling and taking drugs, and other dubious behaviors. Mickey's first-person narrative touches on a variety of themes, such as homosexuality, deception, court issues, parties, mental illness, substance abuse, cancer, murder, imprisonment, foster care, and more. Mickey can't stay out of trouble with a deceptive and manipulative mother who sells drugs in the picture. Fortunately, he maintains a cheerful and sympathetic demeanor that contrasts dramatically with the chaotic surroundings and many of the questionable characters that surround him.

Kevin Forde's awesomely original story had me laughing uncontrollably, opening my mouth in disbelief, and yearning for more unforgettable experiences with its purposefully casual, extended sentences. The novel is full of fascinatingly strange individuals, all of whom are recounted from unique viewpoints by the insightful protagonist. Con is one of these characters, who never wore a coat even in the rain, and with whom no one messed. Almost every part of the novel is filled with dark comedy and artistic turbulence, such as the scene in which the protagonist is wounded and goes to show an opponent that he has been stabbed but looks to be flipping him off and is pursued by the antagonist's gang. Overall, Mickey Collins is ideal for fans of dark comedy and readers who find humor in every scenario. It's jam-packed with tragically funny events and characters that will make you laugh one minute and shake your head in amazement the next.