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DECEPTION AND DESIRE AT THE EDGE OF REALITY A tale of a romance that never was and the consequences one must pay for the choices one makes. What happens is unexpected and keeps you wanting more.


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DECEPTION AND DESIRE AT THE EDGE OF REALITY A tale of a romance that never was and the consequences one must pay for the choices one makes. What happens is unexpected and keeps you wanting more.

10 review for The Puppet's Secret

  1. 5 out of 5

    Allizabeth Collins

    Description: A fictional novella about Angela, a middle-aged woman, whose feelings of lust, hate, and obsession towards an alluring stranger bring her to the brink of insanity. "A tale of romance that never was, and the consequences one must pay for the choices one makes..." Review: I did not expect to find myself engrossed in a fifty-two page short-story, especially since the book blurb was so vague, but I was pleasantly surprised by the subject matter. I have always wondered - what drives a per Description: A fictional novella about Angela, a middle-aged woman, whose feelings of lust, hate, and obsession towards an alluring stranger bring her to the brink of insanity. "A tale of romance that never was, and the consequences one must pay for the choices one makes..." Review: I did not expect to find myself engrossed in a fifty-two page short-story, especially since the book blurb was so vague, but I was pleasantly surprised by the subject matter. I have always wondered - what drives a person to their breaking point? Is it a gradual change in behavior? A quick-footed mental "trigger"? Or is every person's psychological profile different? How does one contemplate crime or murder without veritable reason or motive? The Puppet's Secret by Alex Samms describes the mundane life of Angela, a wife and mother, who descends into madness after a chance "encounter" with a man at a local beach. Readers experience Angela's emotional and behavioral changes firsthand through a journal-like narrative, her secrets and disillusions becoming more and more pathological as the story progresses. What begins as an inappropriate feeling, leads to an unprovoked anger so great, that Angela can't even see what's coming - even though her inner "puppet master" seems to know exactly which strings to pull, (No Spoilers!). I was thoroughly fascinated by Alex Samm's ability to connect the reader with the character. Everyone is inclined to the occasional errant feeling when it comes to life and love, but not everyone acts on it. Any person who has ever been wronged has probably imagined a "revenge" scenario; it's just Angela's over-reaction to a seemingly normal stimuli that separates her from the masses. I liked the journal-like format, the background given about Angela's past, although short, helped me to understand her "current" mindset. I also liked the very short chapters and the silence that seemed to fall between them - never knowing how far Angela would go. The only aspects that irked me were structural - grammatical errors and an overabundance of sentence fragments - but they did not take away from my overall reading experience. Recommended to adult readers wishing to delve into a more psychological, delusional, and short-lived romance. Rating: On the Run (4/5) *** I received this book from the author (Bostick Communications) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aliraluna

    Read the story of a middle-aged woman that is remembering the most important events that changed her life, that are recorded in her private journal where she can remember everything she has been through. All her life she has been wondering and trying to understand why her mother never told her some thoughts, memories or anything that she think of and never talk about; she didn't understood why some things where kept inside of our heads, but when she did understood she knew why. Besides living i Read the story of a middle-aged woman that is remembering the most important events that changed her life, that are recorded in her private journal where she can remember everything she has been through. All her life she has been wondering and trying to understand why her mother never told her some thoughts, memories or anything that she think of and never talk about; she didn't understood why some things where kept inside of our heads, but when she did understood she knew why. Besides living in a small town call Virginia, where everyone knows everyone and everything she starts wondering if what she's feeling after seeing a beautiful, smoking hot young guy is called love. She starts thinking everyday about this man that she doesn't even know, and worst of all she's married, has three children, is older than him and she doesn't even know him! but even so, she decides to plan something ... something that will change her life forever. My thoughts: Even if is a "short" story since I saw the book I knew I had to read it today, and I did! it was a really good story and kind of sad with the thoughts of that woman but they are SO true. -sigh- Love.. can make us do things that we may regret then. 5/5 !!!!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    Are you a fan of Stephen King's earlier works ? Books like Carrie, Misery , his short story anthologies like Everything's Eventual starring the book that was made into a film 1408 starring John Cusack. The Puppet's secret was a story that you could imagine would fit nicely in one of Stephen King's anthologies. To me it reminded me of the tale Misery in which the famous actor had an accident and the obsessed fan nursed him back to health and wouldn't let him leave. In The Puppet's secret we meet Are you a fan of Stephen King's earlier works ? Books like Carrie, Misery , his short story anthologies like Everything's Eventual starring the book that was made into a film 1408 starring John Cusack. The Puppet's secret was a story that you could imagine would fit nicely in one of Stephen King's anthologies. To me it reminded me of the tale Misery in which the famous actor had an accident and the obsessed fan nursed him back to health and wouldn't let him leave. In The Puppet's secret we meet wife and mother Angie and how the obsession of love can overwhelm and cause someone to go into a frenzied state almost to the point of wanting to kill someone. An innocent day at the beach and an unknown hot guy walking past is all it took . He had captured Angie's interest, she had no clue who he was - all she knew was she had to have him and would do absolutely anything to get him. The novel is set when the main character is an older woman and all her children have grown up and she is reflecting about the dark secret that she has kept inside all these years , and I thought I had secrets , none as bad as main character Angie's. As this is a novella , it is a really quick read and one that will have you flipping through the pages . The only downside was that it wasn't long enough as I could have read more .

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rich Stoehr

    The Puppet's Secret is a fast read, quick to establish its pace, its voice, and its main idea. That's a good thing, because clocking in at 42 pages, it doesn't have time to do much else. This short story (to call it a "novel" is a stretch worthy of Reed Richards) is about an obsession. A woman's obsession for a man she sees on a beach. She develops a fantasy of seducing him and taking him away from the "goddess" on his arm, despite her husband and children. Her plan to act this fantasy out takes The Puppet's Secret is a fast read, quick to establish its pace, its voice, and its main idea. That's a good thing, because clocking in at 42 pages, it doesn't have time to do much else. This short story (to call it a "novel" is a stretch worthy of Reed Richards) is about an obsession. A woman's obsession for a man she sees on a beach. She develops a fantasy of seducing him and taking him away from the "goddess" on his arm, despite her husband and children. Her plan to act this fantasy out takes most of the story. To give the author credit, there's some interest established here. The story reads like a diary, a peek into the narrator's most intimate thoughts, and it moves quickly, wasting no time or words to get to the point. I was interested enough, in fact, to want to know more - who was this woman and why did she become so obsessed at first sight? What was her home life like, what hole in her life was she trying to fill with this beautiful stranger? Sadly, answers to these questions are not even attempted in these pages. Like an ill-considered one-night stand, it's all over in less than half an hour. It was pleasant enough while it lasted, but in the end I was left feeling unsatisfied - like there could have been so much more. I received a free copy of The Puppet's Secret for review purposes.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Jones

    I received an ARC from the author for an honest review. I must also mention that this is a very short story. So… If you know anything about me and my choice of stories, its that I rarely enjoy short stories. I like LONG novels, and if it’s a series, it’s a plus. The longer the story, the better. This was very short. Took me about… ten minutes to read. It was a little confusing at first, I couldn’t tell who was talking or not. There is very little dialogue, everything is internal monologue. The story I received an ARC from the author for an honest review. I must also mention that this is a very short story. So… If you know anything about me and my choice of stories, its that I rarely enjoy short stories. I like LONG novels, and if it’s a series, it’s a plus. The longer the story, the better. This was very short. Took me about… ten minutes to read. It was a little confusing at first, I couldn’t tell who was talking or not. There is very little dialogue, everything is internal monologue. The story starts out with an older woman who hates life, and then goes into why she hates it. She explains herself, the best she can, about when and why her life fell apart. She had a secret… one she kept quiet her whole life. And though she knew what was right and wrong, she felt as if on the brink of insanity… It was an interesting read, to say the least. So… really I have no sympathy for anyone in her predicament (I don’t want to spoil anything). Though the writing was solid, I just didn’t feel any connection or sympathy for the Main character. If you are in the mood for a quick, thought-provoking story, you should check this one out. Review by Mrs Jones over on her BLOG

  6. 4 out of 5

    Doodle Bug

    This story was as quick and to the point as the synopsis. A short tale of a woman on the brink of insanity. Trapped between what she knows is right and the actions she takes. The book is extremely interesting leaving you constantly questioning with the biggest one being "Why isn't there more?" This is a story that could easily be a page turning novel and yet it is short and on target. The reader definitely gets a sense of "here is what I have to say. Period." The author does not go into descript This story was as quick and to the point as the synopsis. A short tale of a woman on the brink of insanity. Trapped between what she knows is right and the actions she takes. The book is extremely interesting leaving you constantly questioning with the biggest one being "Why isn't there more?" This is a story that could easily be a page turning novel and yet it is short and on target. The reader definitely gets a sense of "here is what I have to say. Period." The author does not go into descriptive detail of every action or talk about events that would simply fluff the book. The character is full of mystery and intrigue. The story and the character leave you to draw your own conclusions; neither confirming nor denying suspicion. A quick read for those who love a good puzzle!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sammy

    This story was as quick and to the point as the synopsis. A short tale of a woman on the brink of insanity. Trapped between what she knows is right and the actions she takes. The book is extremely interesting leaving you constantly questioning with the biggest one being "Why isn't there more?" This is a story that could easily be a page turning novel and yet it is short and on target. The reader definitely gets a sense of "here is what I have to say. Period." The author does not go into descript This story was as quick and to the point as the synopsis. A short tale of a woman on the brink of insanity. Trapped between what she knows is right and the actions she takes. The book is extremely interesting leaving you constantly questioning with the biggest one being "Why isn't there more?" This is a story that could easily be a page turning novel and yet it is short and on target. The reader definitely gets a sense of "here is what I have to say. Period." The author does not go into descriptive detail of every action or talk about events that would simply fluff the book. The character is full of mystery and intrigue. The story and the character leave you to draw your own conclusions; neither confirming nor denying suspicion. A quick read for those who love a good puzzle!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    “DECEPTION AND DESIRE AT THE EDGE OF REALITY” “A tale of a romance that never was and the consequences one must pay for the choices one makes. What happens is unexpected and keeps you wanting more.” The story was about a woman on the brink of insanity, believing she is in love with a man she has never met and knows nothing about. I felt nothing for any of the characters in this book. The short story was quick and to the point with not much description or back story as to why the woman is acting th “DECEPTION AND DESIRE AT THE EDGE OF REALITY” “A tale of a romance that never was and the consequences one must pay for the choices one makes. What happens is unexpected and keeps you wanting more.” The story was about a woman on the brink of insanity, believing she is in love with a man she has never met and knows nothing about. I felt nothing for any of the characters in this book. The short story was quick and to the point with not much description or back story as to why the woman is acting the way she is. I felt unsatisfied when it was finished and I wouldn't recommend this book to others. I received this book for review from the publisher via bostick communications.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kattie

    I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. I did not like this book at all. It is about a married woman who falls in love at first sight with a stranger, and proceeds to stalk him. This sounds intriguing, however the story is choppy and does not flow well. There are many grammatical and spelling errors. I really did not like anything about this book unfortunately.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alex Samms

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