I’ve never had an interest in reading short fiction. It doesn’t seem plausible to be able to write a compelling enough story that has a character or plot worth getting invested in. But I’ve been converted after reading the collection of short stories in “Secrets & Lies” by Josh Gross.
I enjoyed that all the stories were completely unique and absorbing. I sat next to Owen as he stalked his dog Elvis’ old owner, The Harpy Malone, cringing the entire time, knowing he was going to get caught, or worse, make a fool of himself. I laughed when Jill broke into a co-worker’s house to steal her kitten. And I sympathized with Isaac as he went through the male experience of his girlfriend’s abortion; a point of view that many people forget exists in that situation. I was there with each of the characters in each of the stories.
Josh has a talent for creating an instant connection with a character and his or her story that, unfortunately, seems to be rare in the world of writing today.
Not to mention he’s a funny guy.
My rating: If you get a chance, pick up this book. It’s definitely worth the read.