So Dark, You Need to Read with the Lights On
The Bee Keeper
By Tracy D. Vincent
302 pp, CreateSpace Independent, fiction horror, $12.99
Tracy Vincent's book, The Bee Keeper, erupts out of the gate and never slows down. The violence is so vividly described; I started to wonder if the author has experience with that sort of darkness. Let's hope not.
Tracy constructed each sentence in a way that makes the story progress at a quick pace. The reader is not forced to labor through long, complex and boring sentences. That does not mean her writing is simple. Quite the opposite. The story is well-written and lean. I like her style. It reminds me of the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. Another thing I liked is how each character jumps off the page, springing to life. It is another check mark in my book to her strength in writing. I especially enjoyed the sharp-tongued dialogue.
The Bee Keeper is divided into different sections. Each section is told from a different first-person perspective. I had not expected the shift in POV. I admit it took me by surprise at first. I enjoyed the first character, Angela Fawkes, a lot and had gotten used to her for the first few chapters. But, Tracy has done a great job with the transitions.
One last note. The book cover is simple, yet it still makes my skin crawl. And I love the blood oozing out of the honeycomb. A big thumbs up to Funky Book Designs.
I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys dark, suspenseful stories.