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Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite
Short stories are such a gift for the avid reader. During times when you really want to read, but you only have a short bit of time, and you don’t want to start a tome that would take a lot of concentration, or a book that you don’t want to have to chop up into pieces to finish, a great collection of short stories is the perfect fit. I try to keep just such a book on my e-reader for times when I’m stuck on a bus or I know I’ll be waiting around. And I’m always looking for suggestions for great books of short stories, because I have certainly found my share that weren’t great. Well, I can tell you that Point of View, the new short story collection by author P.J. LaRue, really fits the bill! Excellent and varying stories, from the real story of the infamous D.B. Cooper to the connection between presidential assassins to the actual reason the Titanic sank, this book will have you hooked from page one.
One of the things I’ve always appreciated about short stories is that it’s all right to read one or two of them, then put the book aside for days, weeks, even months, and pick up right where you left off, with a completely new adventure waiting. But I couldn’t do this with Point of View. The stories were so great, so engaging, that I read them through from start to finish, all in one sitting. I almost wish I had restrained myself a bit, because I’d love to have more from P.J. LaRue to read. Several of the shorts in her book are intros to longer works, and definitely worth checking out. But I certainly will keep my eye out for more short stories from this talented author, and hope she’s hard at work at another collection as we speak!