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Sticky Fingers by J.T. Lawrence

Sticky Fingers Volume 1

Goodreads rating: 4.12

208 pages (paperback)

Published: 9 June 2016

ISBN13: 9780620716727

My rating: 5

A collection of humorous horrific short stories with uniquely South African details, what a treat. These short stories suck you in, chew you up and spit you out going ‘whhaaattt’! I think that each and every story had me shocked at the end with the twist, so well written with a fantastic flow I finished them all in one day.

Each story is unique in story line and the characters, it’s quite amazing that all of these stories are written by the same author as each character and story has such a different voice and unexpected story line with quite a few ending on quite the cliff hanger. There are many themes in this collection of stories, murder, mental illness and magic are just a few to look forward to.


Bridge Gate – A great intro to the book, written in letters this one messes with your emotions.

The Itch – A very real look at mental illness that will have you scratching.

The Unsuspecting Gold Digger – Just how twisted are these stories going to get?

Travelling Slacks – I love the sarcasm and revenge in this story, again a very unique way to tell the story, just so good!

Something Borrowed – Wow just wow. Another emotion roller coaster looking again at mental health with a twisted ending that left my jaw hanging open.

She Did It – Is she the suspect or the victim? Maybe she’s both? Or will there be another twist?

Grey Magic – A bit of scandal and a bit of ‘magic’ or is she just a con artist, you decide.

Pigeon Pair – This story just made me feel uncomfortable, but that was most likely the intention as is with all these stories.

The Little Pink Book – A heart warming story with a plot twist that leaves you wanting more.

Off The Hinge – A very real and very scary look into an extreme mental patient. What is real and what is just the crazy talking?

Sticky Fingers – This was my favorite story, a perfect family with a secret. What will be their undoing?

Escape – How much do babies really understand about the world around them? How aware are they of themselves? This one knows he isn’t where he should be.

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*



Diverse, dark-humoured, and deliciously bite-sized, this compelling collection of 12 short stories includes:

A suicidal baby who knows he was born into the wrong life must get creative to correct the mistake, much to his mother’s horror.

The Itch
A story about an intense, uncontrollable, unexplainable itch that lands the protagonist in a mental institution.

Bridge Gate
A daughter years to connect with her absent father through they letters they exchange. She’s not put off by his pedantic corrections of her writing, despite the slow reveal that he is less than perfect himself.

The Unsuspecting Gold-digger
A woman gradually poisons her husband so that she doesn’t have to break his heart.


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