Book Reviews

Fortune Box by Madeleine Swann

38465959What da cover saysNo one knows where or what Tower Ltd Surprise Packages is or why it’s sending gifts to complete strangers across The City. All they know is that each package is the best thing that’s ever happened to them…or the worst.

In one box is a packet of seeds that allows you to grow your perfect date. In another there’s a cupcake that causes anyone who eats it to grow eyeballs all over their skin. There’s also a parcel with a mousetrap that turns all your enemies tiny. Or you could receive your autobiography, which when signed, makes your every thought famous. Or maybe even a key to a secret door that leads to another dimension where all your unfinished and abandoned projects exist. But with each package received comes both fortune and misfortune that will surely result in unexpected consequences.

Like a season of episodes from The Twilight Zone or Friday the 13th The Series, comes a collection of dark and humorous stories from the premier British female author of bizarro fiction.

What I says:  As a kid I used to watch The Twilight Zone and the Outer Limits, I loved the weird little stories and having my mind blown by a crazy plot twist that nobody in their right mind would have been able to guess.  Reading the fortune box brought all those crazy mind bending experiences flooding back.  The premise is so cleverly simple, nine different people across a city get a surprise package which alters their life, for the good or bad is down to your point of view.  Not once was I able to guess what the outcome would be, come on! what person could have predicted how the parcel with a mousetrap was gonna play out, that one was my favourite by the way.

I think the only weakness was the length of the book, I wanted more parcels….just had a thought, I had a missed parcel card today, I wonder if Tower Ltd have sent me something.  Another fantastic thing about this book was an awesome reference to a kids game show from the past,  Knightmare was much watched by me too.

The cover is one of my favourites I seen this year, the sweet little girl makes it very eye-catching.

My first Madeleine Swann book and I thoroughly enjoyed it, looking forward to reading more.


I was very lucky to receive a signed copy from the author, delivered by unicorn.


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