Book Reviews

The Mask by Clare London at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Humor/Comedy
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 31-October-2012

Book Blurb

There's a mixed reception for Joey and his friends when they go trick or treating at the exclusive Grosvenor Square Hotel -- everything from hostility to humour to handfuls of caramels. They’re a motley crew -- a swamp monster, a vampire, a red devil, and a ghost in a less than flattering sheet. Joey’s costume is uncomfortable and daft, his friends are unruly, and he’s tired of everyone dismissing his best friend Gaz's awkward stutter. The novelty of the quest soon wears off.

But when Gaz goes missing, Joey learns some home truths about his apparently shy friend. And when they knock at the final door, a horrific masked figure tricks Joey into finding maybe the best treat of all -- that romance has its own, often startling disguise.


Previously published in 2008, at Torquere Press.


Book Review

About more than trick-or-treating, this story is just right for a short Halloween read, including the humor, a bit of a scare, and a deliciously sweet ending. The five characters, all good friends, are described in enough detail that I could easily imagine them as real people. I loved the initially slow pace, with lots of fun background and a focus on their Halloween adventures, before it morphed into some tantalizing revelations about the group dynamics and a surprising (for the main character, if not for me) reveal at the end. Very satisfying!

If you like short reads with characters who have a lot of fun together, if you enjoy a bit of a twist in your stories, and if you're a fan of slightly unusual Halloween trick-or-treating, you will probably like this story.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 6079 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-October-2012
Price $2.99 ebook
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