The Port-Wine Stain by Norman Lock

The Port-Wine StainThe Port-Wine Stain by Norman Lock

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I wasn’t able to read the entire book, but based on what I did read it’s not exciting or exceptional. I looked over the odd punctuation in places even though it stood out to me. The book feels like you’re reading a recording of someone rambling on about their past. It gets confusing sometimes just who is supposed to be speaking as part of the book has quotations around speech. There are parts where it’s just one side of the conversation which muddles the read a bit. It’s not that I dislike first-person POV, it’s just difficult to do well and I don’t feel this book did that well. I’m a Poe fan but I didn’t begin this read expecting anything Poe-like since I don’t believe anyone can write like Poe except Poe. Overall, it’s not a terrible read but I didn’t like it enough to read the entire 217 pages. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.



  1. Hi Jenn,

    I have a new book out. Run Dog Run, published by Black Opal Press, is the first mystery in my animal-rights series. It deals with the world of greyhound racing. A portion of book sales will be donated to the Greyhound (Adoption) Project, Inc.

    I’ve attached a short excerpt, synopsis, and my bio.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kathleen Kaska author of the Sydney Lockhart Mystery Series



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