Only the Thunder Knows

East End Girls

Fiction - Horror
272 Pages
Reviewed on 08/21/2013
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Author Biography

Rena Mason graduated from college with a SUNY nursing license, started her career in oncology, and then went on to work in the operating room for over twelve years in Denver, Colorado before retiring.

A longtime fan of horror, sci-fi, science, history, historical fiction, mysteries, and thrillers, she began writing to mash up those genres in stories revolving around everyday life. Her debut novel, THE EVOLUTIONIST, was released in April 2013.

She is a member of the Horror Writer's Association, Pacific Northwest Writer's Association, and International Thriller Writers.

An avid SCUBA diver since 1988, she has traveled the world and enjoys incorporating the experiences into her stories.

Currently, she resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with her family.!/rena.mason

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

Irishmen William (Billy) Burke and William Hare were two lowlifes in Edinburgh, Scotland in the late 1820s and were Britain's first documented serial killers, notorious for their body-snatching crime that shook the society. Two mysterious strangers –- Ambrosious Black and the stunningly beautiful actress Magenta –- use their wealth and influence to manipulate Burke and Hare to do their bidding. This is the first novella in the book by Gord Rollo, Only the Thunder Knows. Second novella by Rena Mason, East End Girls, centers on the vicious killings of Jack the Ripper. Protagonist Elizabeth Covington, a doctor's daughter who is studying medicine and wants to follow in her father's footsteps, believes she knows the villain, leading her to a depth of evil and the truth that drives the madness of a murderer.

I am familiar with these two well-known documented crimes and reading them through the fresh perspectives of Rollo and Mason are rewarding. It takes a lot of guts to take a stab at historical facts and add new twists to them. The narratives are absolutely flawless –- Rollo and Mason know their craft well. The writing styles are easily readable, their pacing is excellent and the re-imagined factual story lines are a windfall. The twists of both stories are very unexpected and done in a compelling way. Horror fans won’t be disappointed with these well-crafted novellas, especially those who are always intrigued with the dark history of body-snatching and the mysterious identity of Jack the Ripper. A satisfying read indeed.