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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Barb McIntyre’s Things Are Not Always As They Seem consists of 26 short stories ranging from humor, satire, and even cringe-worthy moments. These stories are told from different perspectives of interesting characters. One aspect that surprises me is how ordinary the stories are, such as taking the bus ride from work; everyday bustles that we consider as normal, even mundane.
Deftly written, this is a quick and entertaining read. The plot lines are simple, but deceptively so. This is the second work of Barb McIntyre for me, therefore I expected the unexpected from her. As anticipated, there are references to suicide, drugs, murder, and not forgetting the religious overtone that will make some readers very uncomfortable. That being said, being non-judgmental will indeed make you see some acumen that can be absorbed. I had a hard time picking my favorites as all the stories have their own charm and wicked facet. The only minor drawback that I could think of is some stories are too short.
The edgy elements aside, McIntyre is a sharp writer and Things Are Not Always As They Seem is deceptively smart and readable, if you give some room for freethinking in your mind. On the other hand, this, I admittedly concur, would not appeal to everyone, especially those who fancy reading a more docile anthology. Yet those who want something that is mind challenging will not be disappointed. All in all, this is another commendable work from Barb McIntyre and I truly enjoyed it.