One thing that immediately struck my mind while reading was her masterful use of psychology. As a school counselor, she has probably dealt with a great many issues, but Kristy nailed the psychotic and paranoid personas perfectly. Kind of freaked me out, actually ;)
These stories stretch across many issues and topics. From different mental disorders to abuse. From Paranormal to serendipity. From grief to recovery. It was a harmonious cornucopia of stories that blended into one delicious read. A Flower Story was incredibly moving. It forced me stop to absorb the harshness and ironic turn of events. A few stories made me seriously cringe, shudder and frankly weirded out. A Fine Winter Day and Motivator were delectably bizarre and I enjoyed both entire stories. What Caught My Senses had my mind flashing images of Stephen King movies.
Two stories really stuck out to me. Kayanna Pepper and Even In Death. For Kayanna Pepper, it may be the subject matter (art) but the overall story was vivid and authentic. It flowed with purpose and left me a very satisfied reader at the finale. Dealing with tragedy is always tough. Everybody handles it uniquely. It can change our whole course of life and driving passions... or at least damper them for a while. This was a great example of overcoming the past and releasing the chains that bind people to guilt. Even In Death was tragic. As in... break out the tissues. Shakespeare would love the whole thing... except the ending. The paranormal was not in your face but just part of the story, not the style. I love how Kristy used so many types of loss in just this one story. Not only the kinds of loved ones gone, but careers, families, marriages, entire futures. She created a story that was emotionally tough to read, but very moving at the end.
Bravo my friend, bravo. Well Done! I encourage everyone, especially those who love thrillers or gritty realism to hit Amazon today!