Waite has created a little masterpiece specially designed for a reader looking to find some clarity in the world that we live in. He was able to take eight short stories and go into the minds of eight different and unique individuals and illustrate how a connection exists among us, no matter how little it may be. Waite delves deep into the mind of a killer, an overzealous politician , police detective investigating the senseless murder of a little boy and a man toying on the idea of beastiality, just to name a few.
Waite wanders deep inside the complexity of the mind of all his characters no matter how disturbing the individuals may be or the subject matter surrounding them. I believe this book illustrates how no matter how normal you think your life is, there are skeletons and demons living within ourselves at some level, and Waite has the courage to paint the picture for us. It is written art at its purest level and leaves you wanting more from this writer. Waite gives a new edge to the short story/fiction genre and I’m starting to enjoy these types of books as they become more popular.
Waite has a talent of putting the reader directly inside the book with an excellent descriptive writing style. At the beginning of the book I was immediately put into the shoes of a killer and reliving his experience in executing an innocent. I was shocked at the eloquent description of such a heinous crime, but only a good writer could get away with that. I was amazed at his description of a man totally infatuated and possibly in love with a dolphin. I have never in all my history of reading come across this subject matter and was blown away with this story.
Although some of the stories had very serious subject matters, I greatly appreciate the insert of humor. For some odd reason I found it insanely hilarious when Belligerent Jerry accidentally ended his life with his opponent’s billboard and I couldn’t stop laughing in Gator Girl when they were innocently having a romantic lunch and almost became an alligator’s lunch. Wait seems like a well-rounded writer and I thank him for that.
If I had to point out one thing that I would change in the book it would be directed towards the first story. It was initially hard for me to follow what character’s mind I was in. I had to read it twice to follow the sequence of events based on character assignment. All of the other stories were very easy to read and follow.
Waite is an amazing writer and should continue to write many books for readers everywhere. It is refreshing to come across a book that is 100% unique and captivating. After reading most books, I can think of at least two to three books that either follow the same theme or writing style. I can truly say that I have not read any books like this one and I am very happy that I stumbled across it.