50 pages ~ ★★★★☆ ~ Netgalley eARC
Beautiful, Complicated Family are a collection of Flash Fiction works by Rosey Lee; I’m fairly new to flash fiction but as the name suggests they’re extremely short and you get a very slim snippet of the characters and story. The description suggests you can read each story in around 5 minutes, obviously, that depends on your reading speed but it was right for me.
While short in length these stories give you plenty to think about; not a sentence gets wasted in flash fiction, its all in there for a reason so there’s no getting annoyed at filler content or whimsical descriptions. If you’re someone who has very little spare time but still wants to get a bit of reading in these would be absolutely perfect as you can read them in the time it takes to have a cup of tea and I actually think these are enjoyed more as individual stories rather than trying to blast through the entire volume in 20mins to give your mind a little time to let the characters and their situations settle slightly before moving onto the next one.
My favourite from Volume One was ‘To Establish Care’; so much emotion was packed into such a short snippet of one woman’s doctor’s appointment. From Volume Two I loved ‘The Friendship PIP’ which follows on some characters we met in Volume One so while its not too vital that you read them in order I’d recommend you do if only for that; I’m not entirely sure why they’ve been split out into two volumes but they’re currently only 99p each so I can’t complain too much.
The Beautiful Complicated Family Volumes One∆ and Two∆ can currently be ordered for 99p each on Amazon Kindle making them a great way to give the flash fiction format a try. Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with copies of both volumes this in exchange for an honest review.