Hi everyone! Hope you’re enjoying the Bank Holiday Monday – I know I am! Today I thought I would review A Dash of Flash by Millie Thom, which I received from the author and Booktasters. This is a collection of flash fiction, admittedly something which I was interested in but hadn’t explored before. And I’m really glad these were my introduction.
Thom is a very accomplished writer. Every word is used to full effect, and I never felt a story was too long or superfluous. The word choice is quite simple but cuts straight to the point and is unpretentious which I really liked.
Thom successfully creates flash fiction which tells a complete story in very little pages, which is no mean feat. Some plots are more light-hearted than others, but I liked the balance between comedy and tragedy. It mixed things up and kept me entertained, wanting to know what the next story will be. Obviously I can’t go into too much detail for fear of spoilers, but I think my personal favourite was ‘Homework’ because it had quite an unexpected ending. There were several stories similar in this sense, with the reader believing they know how it will end but Thom adding a small twist. Again it kept things exciting and wanting you to keep turning the pages.
Overall I really enjoyed A Dash of Flash. A lot of the stories were really fun, entertaining reads that you could easily sail through. Thom is a truly great writer and showcases this here. I’m interested to see what she does next.
A Dash of Flash is published independently and you can find more information here