#FromTheBookshelf Review – Strange Secrets

  • Format Read  – Paperback
  • How did I get this book  – Sent via publisher – many thanks 🙂
  • Date Read – September 9th


Discover the mystery of the two-headed rose and many more Strange Secrets in this new collection of extraordinary stories by Mike Russell. ‘It can’t be real.’ ‘But it is.’ Strange Secrets invites you to discover the magical and the marvellous. Startlingly inventive and constantly entertaining, these unique, vital and vividly realised stories will take you to places you have never been before.

My Thoughts

Where oh where do we start with a review for this book. It’s one of the weirdest things I have ever read – but at the same time it is completely fascinating.

Seven stories that take you from shimmering pools to wardrobes to enchanted forests – with a wonderful trip through what reality really is in between. These are tales which aim to mesmerise and, I suspect, leave you with a lot to think about.

The stories are not connected in any real way aside from being completely off the wall, but the language is clear and concise throughout, and your sense of bewilderment is in no way built through hard to understand language. This is all built by brilliantly imaginative world building. Each story starts off normal enough, before taking sharp u turns into crazy world of the authors mind. I loved each and every minute.

To finish – I am a thing, this book is a thing, and this book is a thing you should be checking out. This is the first book I have read by the author, but if this book is anything to go by, I certainly hope it won’t be my last. Recommended.



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