For two days (starting today), Mean: a psychological thriller novelette, is FREE!!
This is your last chance to grab your free copy of my novelette. If you don’t believe me when I say you should do that, please, read what a reader said on goodreads (Thank you very much for your kind words, Martha Bryce!!):
I have already read Mean and believe me, this is a book that you don’t want to miss from an author you will want to follow as she climbs to the top name in the psychological thriller genre.
So, what are you waiting for? Go pick your FREE copy and see for yourself if Mean is truly a Chilling and Captivating Novelette. (And please, leave your own review on Amazon and/or goodreads– I’ll truly appreciate it!)
Ok, you still have doubts… Fair enough. Well, maybe other reviews will help you decide (thank you very much, reviewers!):
finished this well written short read in one sitting. Ms. Barcelos gives the reader insight into a multi-layered character who has ample reason to be mean. Looking forward to the intriguingly titled, “My Sore Hush-a-bye”.
Mean is a great little novelette. A young woman starts to see a psychologist because she is worried that her meanness is going to drive her to commit murder, a murder that she hopes the psychologist can guide her to avoid committing. The murder that the young woman feels compelled to commit, however is not random but specific to a person who she feels is responsible for having ruined her life. As the story unfolds, more details of the young woman’s horrific past are revealed, building to a carefully constructed crescendo of calculated madness. This is a compelling, well written read and a true psychological thriller!
MEAN by Renata F. Barcelos is an enjoyable dark psychological thriller novelette told from the point of view of an angry female patient who is seeing a psychiatrist and planning to kill somebody. The reader is left guessing as to who the intended victim is until the last few pages. I must admit it surprised me. Very good and quick read at only 50 pages, but there are a few editing issues with the work that need correcting. I have since been advised that a revised version is posted and the errors have been fixed. Still I enjoyed it overall.
This novelette kept my mind constantly shifting trying to figure out who she wanted to kill. Without spoiling it, I’ll tell you that is something new for me. The way that she addresses you as if she were talking to you… I enjoyed it.
A Chilling and Captivating Novelette – Review by Charlotte Waller
Despite being a novelette, Mean by Renata F. Barcelos is captivating from the very first sentence. It starts off with the reader being let into the chilling mind of Cassandra Connelly, hinting at the deep but downright scary thoughts to come.
The unique style of writing makes this thriller even more exciting, as Cassandra could well be talking to the reader themselves. We soon find out that the whole story is her side of the conversation with her therapist and because the reader is seeing the whole thing through Cassandra’s eyes, it makes it even more chilling, especially as she has the urge to kill someone.
This mystery person who has angered Cassandra is only revealed at the end, keeping the reader literally on the edge of their seat. There are hints here and there as to who this person is, and you might not be as surprised at the end when all is revealed.
Lizzy Lessard (check her blog, great reviews there!) review:
I actually read two different versions of this ebook and I can definitely see the improvements in the latest update. This is an odd book in that it’s written in first person and directed to the reader – only the reader is playing the part of Cassandra’s shrink. Cassandra rants about her life and the person she wants to kill to her shrink. It’s amazing how rich her background and personality is without boring the reader. And the ending is nice…very dark.
Edit – Brand new review on goodreads: