Saturday, November 23, 2013

Review - "Strings' BY Allison M. Dickson

The Hooker... The Driver.... The Madness!
"A hooker's last trick turns into a battle for her soul."
All on a collision course to a place where only madness holds sway.

  Synopsis: Allison M. Dickson presents a chilling tale of entrapment and greed.

    Do you have freedom? 
   Do you have control?

   After four years of turning tricks in a mob-run New York brothel to pay off a debt, Nina is ready to go back to a quiet life in Iowa. Just one more client and the whole nightmare will be behind her, but this last trick turns into a battle for her soul. Meanwhile, the brothel's sadistic Madam has been hiding away money in order to move up in her family's organization, and she only wants the half million dollars the reclusive millionaire pays for the girls. But her driver Ramón has other ideas, making off with the money left behind when Nina's last trick goes unexpectedly awry. The theft comes at a great cost to the Madam, setting off a horrific chain of events that changes them all. The hooker. The driver. The Madam. All of them on a collision course to a place where only madness holds sway. Who is pulling your Strings?

  Product Details                                                   
  • Type: Paperback 
  • Length: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Hobbes End Publishing, LLC
  • Details: First Edition (October 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985911093
  • ISBN-13: 978-098591109
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  • PRE- ORDER from AMAZON here
  • STRINGS will be available October 26, 2013

STRINGS: A Novel by Allison M. Dickson 
Music: "Dark Walk" by: Kevin Mcleod 
Trailer edited by: Ken Dickson
Cover design by: Jordan Benoit

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  About the Author                                              

    Allison M. Dickson  (“Under the Scotch Broom,” “The Shiva Apparatus,” Strings, The Last Supper) is a writer of dark contemporary fiction. She has several short stories available on Amazon, and two of them appearing in The Endlands Volume 2 from Hobbes End Publishing. Strings is her debut novel, with her next book, a dystopian science-fiction tale called The Last Supper, releasing in 2014. When she's not writing, she's co-hosting a weekly podcast,Creative Commoners. She was born in Oxford, OH and spent several years in the Pacific Northwest before returning to live in Dayton, OH with her husband Ken and her two kids, Natalie and Elia.

  Mini Biography                                                   

         Allison M. Dickson lives in Dayton, Ohio and has been writing since she could hold pencil to paper. It's only in recent years that she started treating the craft as a career. After earning a few small publishing credits, she started selling her short stories online, where she gained a decent following with such as Dust and Vermin.

    She soon caught the attention of author and visionaryVincent Hobbes, and her relationship with Hobbes End Publishing solidified with her two contributions to the second volume of The Endlands, and finally with their acceptance of her visceral thriller novel,STRINGS, an expansion of her hit short story The Good Girls which releases 10/26/13. Additionally, Hobbes End will be releasing her dystopian science-fiction epic, THE LAST SUPPER, in spring of 2014. When she isn't writing, she can be found every Thursday on the podcast Creative Commoners, a show she co-hosts with her partners in crime, Chris Armstrong and Corey Bishop. Her other obsessions include food, movies, cracking bad jokes with her family over dinner, and harboring secret fantasies of being an official Bond girl & sword-wielding martial arts master. You can read more about her life through her blog at

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 Official Quote from the Author...               

     "I realized, as I sat down to write this, that I began writing STRINGS a year ago today, this day of the official announcement, and I finished the first draft a year ago on the very day it will be published. The universe seems to be in perfect alignment right now, as this was not actually intended to be my debut release. That originally belonged to my dystopian book, THE LAST SUPPER, but we decided to put that off until spring of 2014 in order to make room for this book, which is the ultimate Halloween tale and is certain to add to the chill of your autumn nights.

      From the moment I began this project, the certainty that it would see the light of day never left me, but right now I feel like I need to pinch myself because I can't believe we're so close to the release. I will update this spot soon as purchase links become available. For right now, just mark your calendars for October 26th!"  Allison

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My Review

Nina works in a brothel and after four years has decided to go back home.  Promised by the Madam, all Nina has to do is one more trick and then she is free to go on her way however this isn’t a normal client and things go wrong from the minute she steps in the door of the mansion. 

This book focus’ around three characters throughout the story, Nina, the Madam and the drive Ramon however you have this added character of the “man” that is up on the ceiling surrounded by webs of strings.  The main character being Nina who wants to end the life she is living but is pulled into a terrible nightmare .  The Madam who wants more power and the driver who just wants to get away from all of it.  I will tell you that this story had me gasping as I couldn’t believe what was happening to the girls who went to this mansion and who was doing it.  The story is twisted but you get pulled in hoping that things work out for Nina even after everything she endures.  I wanted bad things to happen to the Madam and at times Ramon as I felt that they knew what happened or at least the aftereffects and didn’t do anything to stop it (all because of money). 

I can’t say I enjoyed the story as I was in “pain” throughout Nina’s tale however I felt that the storyline was great and definitely nothing I have ever read before.  At the end of the book, all I can think was that this would make an awesome movie (go for it Allison!!) 

If you like thriller books, definitely pick this one up and if you do I would love to hear your take on it.

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