Today Kim and I are bringing you a double review of JT Lawrence’s short story collection Sticky Fingers 3. We have really enjoyed these complications and really hope Lawrence keeps writing these short story collections. Again, this collection was sent to us from Lawrence in exchange for an honest review.
Author: JT Lawrence
Published: June 15, 2018
JT Lawrence is back with more short stories that are creepier than ever. You won’t be able to get these deliciously twisted tales out of your head…
Grab them while they’re hot and sticky.
This collection includes:
Tears of a Dead Man
A man tries to convince his doctor that he is dead.
Would you take the noose around your neck if it meant saving everyone you knew?
The Children in the Walls
The storm tried to keep her out; she should have listened.
Death is a Woman in a Blue Dress
What happens if you let Death in the front door?
A viking is called to fulfill his bloody destiny despite his desire to stay home with his love.
Witch panic spreads like wildfire in this poignant tale of a midwife accused of saving a baby.
Jeffrey Sacks is back, and this time he’s taking no prisoners.
Kim’s Rating: 5 Stars
I am writing this review based off the listening of my free Audible copy, provided by the author. This is easily my favorite of all the Sticky Fingers short story compilations. I could not stop listening and found every excuse to drive just so I could have it playing. Once again, Lawrence builds on the first two collections and I love it! And these stories were actually slightly longer, which I didn’t think I was going to like, but I did. We find out the end of Jeffrey Sacks’s strange online review obsession. Believe it or not, I actually like Jeffrey!
My favorite of this volume is The Shelter . . . whoa! Lawrence needs to write an entire book, just based off that story. I seriously want to find out what else happens to Anna and Simon! Fenrir (the Viking story) was also brilliant! Such a great ending to a great collection . . . unless of course, we get more Sticky Fingers volumes!! Cuz I am all for that!!!! I would actually recommend, not just this volume, but all the Sticky Fingers collections to pretty much everybody.
Jessica’s Rating: 4 Stars
JT Lawrence is back with volume three of Sticky Fingers! I really hope she keeps these books going as I have truly enjoyed all of this short story series. They can be read as standalones, but I would recommend reading them consecutively as there are appearances from ‘repeat characters’. This was a pleasant surprise to experience.
The narrator for all three Sticky Fingers volumes is Roshina Ratnam, and like Lawrence she is also South African. Once you adjust to her ‘accent’ you will love her voice! She does a superb job with the narrations.
As with the previous volumes, I will share some mini-reviews of some of the stories I enjoyed:
OMG, this one was excellent and I need more of this story! This is the kind of story that pulls me in. If you enjoy dystopian stories, this will be one to read!
A good one: be careful who you might double cross!
The Hostage Situation:
This one is every parent’s worst nightmare. I am thinking it must be autobiographical when Lawrence dealt with a sick child.
Every Breath You Take:
A prison interview: I really enjoyed this disturbing story on obsession/love.
Another disturbing story I did not want to end. A witch hunt….. I find those kinds of stories fascinating.
Jeffrey Sacks is back and sharing more reviews: This one is a continuation and very enjoyable!!!
If you enjoy short stories that are a bit twisted, this is the series of books to read. You will not regret it. I hope Lawrence continues to bring us more Sticky Fingers volumes!
**Special thanks to JT Lawrence for sending us an Audible copy to listen to in exchange for an honest review. PLEASE write more Sticky Fingers!**
Kim and I previously listened to the Audible version of Sticky Fingers by JT Lawerence here. We will be reviewing Sticky Fingers 2 today and Sticky Fingers 3 tomorrow! All of these Audible versions were sent to us by Lawrence in exchange for honest reviews: and both Kim and I love these short story collections! We are somewhat similar yet also different with what we like and it seems that between the both of us we enjoyed all of the stories in these collections. Thank you so much JT Lawrence for sending us these copies!
Author: JT Lawrence
Published: March 24, 2018
Diverse, dark-humored, and deliciously bite-sized: JT Lawrence ratchets up the tension with this compelling collection of short stories perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn and Roald Dahl.
An artist’s Pomeranian has been replaced by an imposter.
Court, Marry, Kill
Whose body ends up being unzipped by fish on the ocean floor?
A female-only cult has a very dark side.
He Did It
A detective relies on his gut (and his hallucinations) to help him solve murder cases.
The Brain Bleacher
He can remove your pain by hacking your memory, but his own suffering is here to stay.
If you’re a fan of Roald Dahl or Gillian Flynn you’ll love this collection of unsettling stories with a twist in the tale. Get it now.
Kim’s Rating: 4 Stars
I am writing this review based off the listening of my free Audible copy, provided by the author. Another awesome short story collection, just as dark as the first! And I really enjoyed how the author built on stories from the first collection. The vacation reviewer story was funny in the first volume, but he was absolutely hilarious in the second! I laughed through the whole story. I loved trying to predict the twist in each story, not that I’m very good at it, I just enjoy doing it. I think my favorites in this bunch were Astrid, about the mother who puts her daughter in daycare for the first time, Dasher, cuz I hate kids and people (:D), and Court, Marry, Kill, because I love vigilante justice!
The Sticky Fingers compilations are pretty much the only short story collections that I’ll read, and I really like them a lot! The only reason I gave this collection 4 stars is because one of the stories is from the When Tomorrow Calls series, and I had already read it. I absolutely recommend this collection to anyone looking for a chilling, interesting read!
Dates Listened: October 10-16, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
Continuing in the tradition of Sticky Fingers, JT Lawrence brings us volume two in what is at this point a three volume series of short stories. There are twelve stories in each and I love these books! I really enjoy short stories, especially when they are well written. There is something for everyone if you like short stories that have a twist to them. Just be prepared for when the story is over that you may want it to continue!
Not all the stories were not for me, at no fault to the author. Some of the stories just did not work for me, but not everything written will please everyone. JT Lawrence really has a talent with her short stories! I will write ‘mini-reviews’ on some of the stories:
A Missing woman and a missing plane. What’s the connection? It’s not what you expect and neither was that ending.
This one really gripped me. I figured the twist out fairly quickly, but the journey of getting there with our narrator… OMG!
Here we go again with the reviews of a hotel stay! I love it!!!!
Court, Marry, Kill:
This one was difficult to listen to, but had a satisfying ending: I loved it!
A robot love story: I needed more to this one. Maybe Lawrence will expand on this world! (And I am selective with my sci-fi stories…)
A female only cult: That is all you need to say and I am there reading it! I find cults fascinating and this had a Handmaid’s Tale feel to it for me (I have not read Handmaid’s Tale and only watched the first episode of the show, but it had the same type feeling for me.)
I loved this concept and I need more!
**Please note that Jessica had previously purchased a Kindle copy, but chose to listen to the Audible copy sent by the author. Thank you again to JT Lawrence for the Audible copy. We both enjoyed it and highly recommend this short story collection![Top]
Today the Sunday Series Review is back and today Kim reviews the When Tomorrow Calls boxset on Audible by JT Lawrence. We originally meant for this to be a Double Review, but I have not listened to it and I did not want Kim’s review to wait anymore since we were sent this copy by the author herself. Once I listen to the books, I will share the reviews with you! (Mine may be individual reviews.)
Books in the Series:
Why You Were Taken
How We Found You
What Have We Done
Why You Were Taken
Published: February 23, 2017
Imagine discovering your murdered parents were really your abductors. Then you find out you’re on the hit list. In tomorrow’s world, a troubled woman approaches Kirsten with a warning and a wafer key and is later found dead. Was she just another victim of the Suicide Contagion, or is there something more sinister at play? The key leads Kirsten on a chase to the Doomsday Seed Vault and a hit list of seven people … and her barcode is on it.
How We Found You
Published: May 18, 2017
Would you sacrifice your son to save your daughter? There’s something different about Kate’s four-year-old son. He wasn’t created the old-fashioned way. Now a violent cult wants him dead and Kate will do anything to protect him – until they take her daughter. Who will she choose to live, and who will she have to sacrifice?
What Have We Done
Published: October 23, 2017
In tomorrow’s world where the edges blur between addictive virtual reality and real life, would you hurt your daughter if it was the only way to set her free?
When gaming junkie Silver doesn’t make it home on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Kate and Keke go out to find her. It’s a treacherous journey navigating a city in the midst of a flash civil war. Shrouded in electrosmog and panic, it’s been taken over by vigilante bot hunters as a violent AI uprising puts everyone Kate loves in danger, especially Mally and his anthrobot girlfriend.
Suicide Agent Zack’s in trouble. After a charade of a trial he’s sentenced to hard labour at SkyRest, the most controversial penal labour colony in the country. He’s shocked by what he finds there, deep underground, but the more he resists it, the more they brainbleach him into submission. If he doesn’t find his way, he’ll never be able to tell Kate what he needs to tell her. Which is a problem, because it’s the whole reason he exists.
With the Doomsday Prophecy looming large, Kate discovers there are forces at play she’d never guess at, and much more at stake than just her or her children’s lives. What she’ll need to do to keep everyone safe will stretch her beyond every hard limit.
Will Kate play the game?
Cyberpunk meets the robopocalypse on the edge of litRPG in this dark dystopian thriller. Jack in and get ready for a headsplosion with this third book in the riveting series When Tomorrow Calls.
Ready? Your next addiction starts now.
Kim’s Rating of the Series: 4 Stars
Kim’s Review of the Series:
I received this series for free on Audible in exchange for an honest review. I listened to all three books. I really enjoyed the first book. It’s unique and I liked the narrator a lot. I fell in love with Seth very quickly and although Kirsten wasn’t my favorite character, I cared about what happened to her. Keke was easily one of the best characters in the series. The futuristic world of Johannesburg with all the cool tech was well developed and I wouldn’t mind visiting someday! The ending came out of nowhere and when I finished, I couldn’t wait to move on to the next book.
Book two wasn’t as good as the first, mainly because of Kirsten, now called Kate. She was whiny through the whole book! Seth and Keke were still strong and the story was engaging. I found the religious conspiracy interesting, though not really unique. The ending was strong, but I wasn’t sure what more needed to be said.
Book three is the weakest of the series, and honestly, I don’t think the series needed it. The ending is what really disappointed me. It was weird and completely unconnected to the rest of the series. Overall, I really liked books one and two, and didn’t like book three.
A good series and I think fans of sci-fi and futuristic fiction would enjoy it!
Once you have finished the series…There is more! JT Lawrence has written more:
The Sigma Surrogate (Prequel)
Published: March 16, 2018
Joni is a state surrogate: young, bright, and most importantly: fertile.
… and someone wants her dead.
Keke is a smart, sexy biker; a renegade with a hunger for justice. She won’t stop until she exposes the truth, even it means putting her life in danger. Will Keke’s reckless ambition help the state surrogates, or harm them?
Perfect for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale, Never Let Me Go and Mr Robot.
Keke’s story is waiting for you.
The Stepford Florist (short novel)
Published: October 21, 2017
Jasmine is arrested for performing a bootleg vampire facelift in her modded-out steampunk caravan.
She’s thrilled, because it’s worked out exactly as she planned.
Jasmine has mastered moonlighting. She’s a steampunk inventor, a cosmetician, and a gene-hacking florist. And then there’s her real job: exposing evil corps and dodgy clinics.
When Jasmine, the head of Alba—an underground biopunk organisation—is tipped off that something morally dubious is happening at the city’s most luxurious high-tech spa, she takes it upon herself to investigate, and discovers a whole lot more than she bargained for.
(Warning: Contains colorful language and sex.)
This short novel is set in the near-future ‘When Tomorrow Calls’ world, and introduces Jasmine, Seth and Keke, just before we meet Kirsten, the kick-ass main character in ‘Why You Were Taken’.