Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Vickie Beautiful by Somer Canon [4.5 stars]


From the Description

One last taste of perfection…

Sasha and Brynn descend upon the showplace home of their girlhood friend, Vicki, planning to celebrate her surviving cancer to reach her fortieth birthday. As they gather around Vicki’s perfectly set dinner table, though, her husband shares devastating news. The cancer is back, and she doesn’t have long to live.

Her life is cut even shorter than Sasha and Brynn expectthe next morning, their friend is found dead, her flawless skin slit at the wrists. But a tub full of blood is only the beginning. Before the weekend is through, they are forced to question how far they’re willing to go to fulfill Vicki’s last wish.

A very specific, very detailed recipe that only the truest of friends could stomach…

Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Samhain

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novella. For more information about this book or to join in the fun follow along with the blog tour hosted by the wonderful Erin over at Oh, for the Hook of a Book. If you would like a copy of the book for review or to conduct an interview with Somer Canon, please contact Erin Al-Mehairi, Publicist, at Hook of a Book Media:


Vickie Beautiful is a tale of friendship, love, and duty. The closeness of Vickie, Sasha, and Brynn is apparent from the very beginning of the story. You can feel how much these characters love one another. When Vickie told them that her cancer was back I cried with them, and again when they learned of her death. The characters were that realistic. I think that may be why this novella was so profoundly disturbing to me. I'm not at all squeamish or easily grossed out by the books I enjoy (as those who follow my reviews know), but this story had me setting it aside only to rush back to it because of the stomach turning moments and my desperate need to know what happens next. No small feat for a book that isn't overtly gory! The request that Vickie makes for her memorial is disturbing to say the least, and the ending gave me chills. I highly recommend this beautifully horrific 4.5 star read.


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About the Author

Somer Canon is a minivan revving suburban mother who avoids her neighbors for fear of
being found out as a weirdo.  When she’s not peering out of her windows, she’s consuming books, movies, and video games that sate her need for blood, gore, and things that disturb her mother.

Vicki Beautiful  is her debut novella.

Find out more about Somer and her upcoming works at her website .You can also connect with Somer on Twitter

Praise for Vicki Beautiful

"  I read this at one gripping session and I shall read more by this author. Excellent, original and worth every one of my five stars." –Catherine Cavendish, Author of The Devil’s Serenade

"At times it reminded me of the cult classic "Eating Raoul" and others "The Big Chill". Suffice to say, Canon has created an intriguing tale that will not only have you caring about characters put into an awkward, unsettling situation but also wondering how they'll react to it every step of the way. I highly recommend this unique and entertaining story."
–Matthew Franks, Author The Monster Underneath

"This is not the normal type of book that I would read, but the cover sold it to me, and I like reading new authors and genres. This book is beautifully written, the writing flows and you feel you really understand what the character’s are feeling…" Rebecca, GoodReads Reviewer

"The ending of this story was truly horrific. I am an old school horror fan, and have been indulging in the genre since I was old enough to hold a book. I also adore and enjoy the sub-genre splatterpunk, I read Jack Ketchum as a bedside book all the time. It takes a lot to phase me, but even I was turning my head in repulsion at the end. What a wonderful debut story for Somer Canon."
–Badseedgirl, GoodReads Reviewer

"A simple story, but all the more powerful for its simplicity. Four stars. The author has guts and skill." –Outlaw Poet