Twisted Dark: Volumes 1&2 ★☆☆☆☆


That is my official response to Twisted Dark by Neil Gibson. The stories, which are pretty plain and slice of life-ish, only turn at the end. They are not, for me, twisted and/or dark. The voice in both pieces is very generic and nothing really reaches out to pull me in.

The writing felt like a first or second draft. No spelling errors anywhere but incredibly boring prose littered down on the page like a garbage truck had tipped over.

My biggest issue is it’s digital format. I hate to come down on a book for format but if you are going to put it on the kindle then make sure to use a resolution that readers can actually read. These were just low resolution images plopped into a file and saved.

cover63649-mediumThe characters felt one dimensional, each short story has a rushed ending, and very little felt unique about each of the tales. An man goes on a walk with his son, except he doesn’t cause the son is dead; a migrant worker makes living conditions worse so he can get the building repaired–it’s just not interesting. And honestly, it’s been done before.


By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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