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The Lights Went Out and Other Stories by Fiona Cooke Hogan – Review


Title – The Lights Went Out and Other Stories
Author – Fiona Cooke Hogan
Genre – Literary Humour
Length – 213 Pages
Publication – October 2015
My Rating – 4/5 Stars


An eclectic mix of flash fiction, short and longer stories. At times humorous, eerie and poignant; a mother burdened by financial troubles shares her problem with a stranger, a young couples’ journey to the the airport takes a strange turn, a wedding anniversary in Dingle goes from bad to worse, a small dog is forced to change his ways and a vampire hiding out in suburbia just wants to be left alone. Dip your toes into this quirky collection and find your favourite.


I won’t lie.. this isn’t the normal type of book I’d pick up but I was presently surprised how much I enjoyed it. I must thank the author for suggesting I add her book to my review pile.

It’s a nice selection of short stories which shows off the author’s style of writing and her imagination. I must say they were all easy to read.. some made me chuckle.. some made me think..”hang on what am I reading here” Vampires..Zombies.. it’s a good old mash of stories but it kind of works.

For this this would suit anyone who doesn’t have a lot of time to read. This is the type of book you can read a story a day and not worry you’ve lost your place. As a reviewer I’m constantly reading books and I found this was a perfect book to read in-between longer books to give my brain something easy to digest, refresh myself.

As you can imagine there were some stories I liked more than others but this books gives you a nice range that I’m sure everyone will find ones they love.

Some of the stories and the writing style showed great promise to me for longer works. The author hooked me in.. it was a shame that some had to end so quickly.

Worth reading, have a look.

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