Saturday, January 28, 2012

Mandy Reviews: Intoxication by Tim Kizer

ASIN #: B004V49L24
File Size: 260 KB
Format: Kindle Edition

(Taken from Amazon)

Leslie has a suspicion: someone at work is trying to poison her. Can she prove it? No, and she doesn't care that she can't as she takes the law into her hands. How about those who dismiss her fears and believe she is paranoid? Well, they certainly deserve to be punished. What does she do when she starts questioning her own suspicions -- and sanity? Hmm. That's complicated.

In this disturbing tale of derangement, a young psychopathic woman is slipping into madness as she fights an enemy that may exist only in her imagination. She has to resort to desperate measures when she realizes that a gun, security cameras in her apartment, and constant vigilance will not be enough to survive. It is hard to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if the cat is not there, but Leslie, with her resolve fueled by paranoia, is hell-bent on finding and slaughtering it.

Mandy's Review:

This ebook actually had three different short stories in it: Intoxication, Hitchhiker and The Bike.

Intoxication has promise, but I did have issues with it. Leslie, the main character, seems to be a little too uptight and suspicious. She was obsessed with the conspiracy theory that people in her office were trying to poison her coffee and kill her, but the reader's not really told why Leslie has started thinking this way.

If the characters were fleshed out more and the storyline written to be more believable in some areas, then this short story would pack a major punch. As it stands, it may give the reader a mild slap.

Hitchhiker was much better than Intoxication. I enjoyed the twist the author provided between the two main characters. They're both murderous killers with very different styles. I would be curious to see what the author could do with this as a full-length novel.

The best short story of the three is The Bike ... although the reason for the plot twist could've been better. It was the best written piece, but I don't see it being more than what it is now.

Overall, this was a quick read despite there being three stories. It's not the best thing I've read, but it's not the worst either. I'd probably rate it a 4 out of 10.

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