Monday, August 10, 2020

Short Story Review: A Whiskered Perspective by M. G. Spear

Life through the eyes of a loyal black cat is what the reader will find in this short story titled "A Whiskered Perspective" by M. G. Spear.

This furry warrior has come close to using up his nine lives when he is rescued by a woman who he calls Miller.

Glad to leave his warrior ways behind, Miller and Pumpkin create a special and loving bond. When Miller starts dating a man named Rob, Pumpkin is glad to see her happy. Then Rob changes, and Pumpkin is determined to stick by Miller's side no matter what.

This is a much darker story than I expected. If you read the description for the Kindle version, you'll have an idea of what I mean.

Told entirely from Pumpkin's perspective, this short story is about the special bond between a woman and her cat; but it is also about how one woman's desire to be loved by another person goes terribly wrong. It is a story of how someone can hide their true colors until it's too late.

A story of this length doesn't leave a lot of room for character development, so Miller's friends' dislike for Rob didn't make sense. It isn't until the reader witnesses Rob's behavior that it all comes together. If the length of the story had been closer to novella or novel length, that problem may have solved itself. The author switches between past and present tense regularly, which interrupts the flow of the story. It also ends on a cliffhanger, so the reader must wait for the sequel to learn how things turn out for Miller and Pumpkin. I admit cliffhanger endings like that never sit well with me.

What I like about "A Whiskered Perspective" is Pumpkin's personality and his loyalty toward the woman who rescued him. The author, through Pumpkin's eyes, explored how a woman like Miller could be attracted to a person like Rob. She created a plausible explanation in a short period of time.

If you enjoy reading about human and pet relationships or dark stories, you might consider "A Whiskered Perspective."

File Size: 1259 KB
Print Length: 37 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publication Date: June 4, 2020
Sold by: Services LLC
Language: English

I received a digital copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.


Elza Reads said...

This sounds like a great short story! Lovely review as well. Love the cover.

Have a great week.

Cheryl Malandrinos said...

Thanks for visiting, Elza. Hope you get a chance to read this story.