Twisted Family Holidays Collection

Fiction - Anthology
390 Pages
Reviewed on 01/22/2017
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Author Biography

J.R. Wirth is an award-winning author and native of Southern California. Raised in Azusa, he now hails from San Bernardino. J.R. is recognized for his extensive work in the helping field. He is a licensed psychotherapist with a long list of accomplishments, including a 15-year stretch as a domestic violence counselor and trainer, and head of a disaster response team. J.R. had a stint as a university professor, and even spent time as a child abuse investigator. All of J.R.'s experiences have contributed to the authenticity of the characters and scenes in his writings.

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Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite

Twisted Family Holidays Collection by JR Wirth is a collection of five short stories, written to take the reader on a journey of imagination. From the miniature world beneath the Christmas tree to an alternate reality where the mood of the protagonist is determined by the conflicting weather, to an unusual holiday trip with an unexpected twist, to horror at Halloween, they are all blended with a touch of magic and stirred with a hint of the paranormal. The characters are well defined with a strong central character and the scenarios keep the reader guessing to the end.

The author, JR Wirth, has woven together a mixture of stories that somehow meld together in a similar and somewhat familiar theme. The writing is clear and concise with good dialogue. At times I found I questioned the plot and felt there could have been more intrigue and more left to the reader’s imagination. There were times when the storyline was a little simplistic for an adult reader and others when a younger reader would perhaps have struggled, but on the whole I felt intrigued enough to continue reading to the end. The characters were enjoyable and stand alone, and could well develop into further stories and adventures. Casual readers would enjoy taking a story at a time and letting the mystery unfold in their minds.