Breaking Point from author Jason Beech is a collection of short stories that I just finished reading. If you know me, you know I love a good quality short story, because I think it takes a special skill for an author to write short stories.
I love starting and ending my day with a short story instead of mindlessly scrolling through social media and getting lost in a black hole of negativity. They are a much more productive use of my time!
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Have you read Breaking Point yet? Come on in and let me tell you about it!
About Breaking Point
Hiding from himself only brings his enemies closer.
Marley Anderson hides from his bloody crimes in Pennsylvania’s deepest, darkest woods. Years of solitude, struggling to make peace with the crime he’s committed, crashes to an end when two children appear on his doorstep.
The siblings, freezing in their light clothes, are on the run from a man on the hunt. Man or monster, they won’t tell. Marley’s paranoia has shut him off from humanity, but this brother and sister conjure a warmth in his blood he hasn’t enjoyed for a long time. But it’s not just the winter that will bring back the cold.
A collection of crime stories about regular people in desperate situations, discovering their breaking points and capacity to escape. Jason Beech, “… a writer to watch,” writes characters full of color and action. If you like stories such as A Simple Plan, Shady Cross, and Everything to Lose, you’ll love this collection of loose personalities doing it their way to survive.
Thoughts on Breaking Point
Breaking Point was my very first introduction to author Jason Beech, as I had never heard of him before this. I am always excited when I find a new author to explore their writing. Sometimes the favorites are the key and sometimes new ones are just as great. I think there is something to be said for both.
I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not a fan of this book. The stories in it are closer to horror instead of simple crime stories. Which is a bit much for me and the things I enjoy.
Now that doesn’t make Jason Beech a bad writer. Not by any stretch of the imagination. It simply means that this book isn’t my favorite. I’ll be honest, I felt the same way about Ryan Hyatt when I first read his writing. It just took reading several of his books to find one that I really enjoyed.
I get the exact same vibe from reading Breaking Point. There’s nothing that made me dislike the book, but I also didn’t actively enjoy it either. Because it is clear Jason Beech is a strong and competent author, I would absolutely be willing to read another of his novels to see if I can find one that draws me in and keeps me turning the pages. Sometimes that is what it takes, reading until you find the one you love.
Final Thoughts on Breaking Point
I highly recommend you give Breaking Point a try and see what you think of it for yourself. Just because it isn’t for me should not mean you cross it off your list. It may simply be that I haven’t found the right book just yet from Jason Beech to rave about.
I’ll definitely be giving another of his novels a try in the future.
Have you read Breaking Point or any other writing from author Jason Beech? Are you a fan? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
About the Author
Sheffield native, New Jersey resident — writes crime fiction. His coming-of-age crime drama City of Forts was described as “tense, atmospheric, and haunting” by UK crime writer Paul D. Brazill.
Praise for Jason Beech:
“Violence comes into it, certainly: but the violence is never unproblematic, either for the character or the reader. It’s always violence that comes from somewhere and cuts both ways.”
“This anthology is well-written, creative, thrilling, and bloody enthralling.”
“I was looking forward to some fast-paced crime stories that packed a punch, but there is substantially more depth and breadth to this book.”
“The author infuses his tales with irony and astute observation. Good characterisation throughout and clever storylines, each with a satisfying twist and an unexpected ending, make for a highly entertaining read.”
“What makes this book a joy to read is the fact that you can’t guess what the ending of each story will be!”
“If you like short stories with kick and bite, these are the ones for you.”
“I definitely recommend Bullets, Teeth, & Fists 3 to anyone who likes the dark and gritty stories. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart.”
“If you enjoy pulp fiction, dark crime, supernatural or noir, then there will be something for you.”
“What I find really fascinating is that each short story is crafted with a specific voice. The mood, the character, the setting, the vernacular… different in each.”
“If you want a collection of crime stories you can really sink your teeth into, look no further than author Jason Beech.”
Purchasing Breaking Point
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