Voices in My Head

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
197 Pages
Reviewed on 05/30/2016
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Reviewed by Sherri Fulmer Moorer for Readers' Favorite

Voices in My Head by Susan Lynn Solomon is a collection of short stories that travels through space and time. These tales tell powerful stories of individuals that face extreme circumstances: a soldier returning from World War I with post traumatic stress syndrome, a young woman accused of witchcraft after being abused by her father, a woman who molds her own revenge on an abusive home through magic, a daughter grappling with her faith and her lifestyle in the wake of her mother's death, a man called back home from his high power NYC career to find the old town not as dead as he imagined it would be, and other tales of those maligned by society setting things straight through magical and otherworldly means. It offers a variety of characters, settings, and situations that allow your mind to wander through different times and places where people deal with their pain in surprisingly similar manners.

Voices in My Head is a brilliant collection of stories. Susan Lynn Solomon has a way of connecting with readers by showing us people, not unlike ourselves, dealing with extraordinary circumstances (sometimes for better, oftentimes for worse). It's urban fantasy without the cliched elements that are so popular now, and you can tell that she has carefully researched the elements of each story to lend a unique flair to each situation. If you like the paranormal but are ready for something more than vampires and werewolves, then this is the book for you. It's also a great read for those who don't have a lot of time because each story is brief enough to read in one sitting, but powerful enough to stick in your mind well beyond closing the book. Definitely an excellent collection. I enjoyed each and every story in this book.

Maria Beltran

Voices in My Head is a vivid and inventive collection of short stories written by Susan Lynn Solomon. Ryan survives the First World War where his childhood friends Nick and Charlie perished. In 1804 England, Maggie awaits judgement for a crime she did not commit. In the marshes of Bayou LaFit, Marie teaches her daughter Maudie the ways of a Cajun wife. Across the street from the Episcopal Church, little Emily wriggled through a window of an abandoned house where the ghost of its murdered owner is believed to roam around. And Judith James, a budding mystery story writer, is forced to remember a double murder she witnessed fifteen years ago. These and four other stories complete this collection where Solomon channels ghosts from the past into nine short tales that explore the power of memories that tend to grow with time rather than fade to oblivion.

“It’s a dream, that’s what,” Ryan mumbled. “Can’t be nothing but a dream,” writes Susan Lynn Solomon in her short story collection, Voices in My Head. In nine fascinating short stories, Solomon takes us on a brilliant journey into the unexpected. And displaying a mastery of the imagination and a keen understanding of the complex human mind, she brings to life varied characters that strangely seem all too familiar. Her protagonists are beholden to the past even as they struggle to make some sense of their present lives. Sometimes stoic, sometimes explicit, the dialogues hide deeper running currents. But what is most captivating about this short story collection is the persistence of memory that is always on the periphery, directing the characters to the brink of insanity, hope and redemption. Voices in My Head is definitely a book you cannot afford to miss!

Gisela Dixon

Voices in My Head by Susan Lynn Solomon is a collection of short stories that provide us with a wide range of characters and events. Voices in My Head contains short stories that deal with basic human emotions, life, death, mortality, hope, and sometimes just mundane everyday occurrences. In short, the book is a medley and mix of emotions, people, and events, and each story is quite different from the rest. Although the stories themselves cover a broad range of life events and circumstances, yet there is an underlying prevalent universal theme of hope and the fact that sometimes life goes on. It is a good reminder of how short life is and sometimes it is best to take it as it comes.

Voices in My Head by Susan Lynn Solomon is written in a clear, engaging tone that makes the stories flow easily. Each can be read independently in any order and, indeed, they are all so different from each other that the best approach might be to pick one that seems most appealing and start from there. I enjoyed the theme of hope in the book, which essentially keeps people moving, even after death and reminds us that as long as there is hope there is life. Another nice thing about the book is that the length of each story is neither too short nor too long, which keeps reader interest alive. With a few twists and turns and some unexpected surprises, Voices in My Head by Susan Lynn Solomon is a good collection of short stories that anyone would enjoy reading.