Poison Shy by Stacey Madden

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...Brandon’s awkwardly described encounters with his Dream Girl, his utter passivity and the story’s thin plot are not enough to tempt readers beyond Poison Shy’s first base.
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Brandon Galloway, a 29-year-old nobody with a history of dead-end jobs, lands a position with a pest control company. When he meets 21-year-old wild child Melanie Blaxley while fumigating her apartment for bed bugs, her vulgar sensuality and reckless promiscuity both attract and repulse him. Before long her world of crazy sex and petty crime starts to take its toll on Brandon’s sanity, and he wonders how much more of her he can stand. Then she disappears, and Brandon must find out if it is all just a prank, or if Melanie’s wild ways finally led her into danger. A hair-raising thrill ride through the bars and backstreets of a fictional small town, this fast-paced and darkly funny debut novel explores obsession, fear, and the threat of other people.

 

About Stacey Madden

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Stacey Madden holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph. He lives in Toronto.
 
Published October 1, 2012 by ECW Press. 177 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Nicole Dixon on Dec 07 2012

...Brandon’s awkwardly described encounters with his Dream Girl, his utter passivity and the story’s thin plot are not enough to tempt readers beyond Poison Shy’s first base.

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Reviewed by Nicole Dixon on Dec 07 2012

Had Melanie been more than a stock character who exists only to fulfill Brandon’s fantasies and his need to be saved, then perhaps Poison Shy would read more like a novel and less like an inflated account of last night’s wet dream.

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