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‘Are you scared of me?’ I asked. ‘Oddly enough, no. Should I be?’‘No. Well, not unless I lose my temper, but I’m careful about hanging on to it.’With the swinging Sixties staggering, shamefaced and flustered, into the slightly staider Seventies, Stella’s life isn’t running half as smoothly as she’d like. As an ordinary person, who happens to have some extraordinary psychic‘Are you scared of me?’ I asked. ‘Oddly enough, no. Should I be?’‘No. Well, not unless I lose my temper, but I’m careful about hanging on to it.’With the swinging Sixties staggering, shamefaced and flustered, into the slightly staider Seventies, Stella’s life isn’t running half as smoothly as she’d like. As an ordinary person, who happens to have some extraordinary psychic abilities, it’s frustrating to find that even something as simple as holding down a job throws up unexpected hurdles. Of course – and she’s the first to admit – she’d be a lot better off if she could ditch the conviction that she always knows best. This shortcoming, combined with a chronic inability to keep her mouth shut and her nose out of other people’s business, has led her off the straight and narrow more than once. But Stella’s perfectly clear how things are going to be from now on. It’s not she can’t handle sticky situations, she can, she just doesn’t want to – violence really isn’t her thing. Forward planning includes setting herself up in a successful business, sticking like glue to normal, squashing an over-active conscience and steering clear of anything remotely risky or unpleasant. Unfortunately, the best laid plans often lead to the darkest places... Even Stranger is a darker tale of fantastic occurrences that will appeal to fans of authors such as Stephen King, and Marilyn’s first novel, Relatively Strange....

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ISBN : 9781785891960
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Number of Pages : 300 Pages
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Even Stranger Reviews

  • Jules
    2019-03-14 14:03

    Having thoroughly enjoyed Relatively Strange, which was the first book in this series, I was really looking forward to reading Even Stranger, and I’m pleased to announce it did not disappoint.I love the characters that Marilyn Messik has created for this series, and not just because they manage to make me feel less strange. It was great seeing a more mature and confident Stella a few years on from the first book too.Although, overall, I wouldn’t describe this book as particularly scary, I think it needs to come with the following warning:“Remove all potentially creepy dolls (and even the cute ones, if you wish them to remain cute in your mind) before reading this book.”One part of this book spooked me so much, I think it knocked a few years off my life. I almost had a heart attack when I looked over at my beautiful doll, Betony, while I was reading, only to discover she had moved position and was staring straight at me! I was on the verge of jumping out of the upstairs window, until I remembered I moved her for the first time in ages, just a few days earlier to show her to my friend. Phew! She still gave me the creeps though, as she was giving me the look, while I stared at her suspiciously. I was even suspicious of her the following night, but we’re back on good terms again now, thank goodness.There were parts of this story that made me giggle and one part that left me craving aniseed balls for about two days. Now I’ve reminded myself about them, I’m craving them again. They are one of my dad’s favourite sweets, so I grew up eating them, and adore the smell and taste of aniseed.You will need to read Relatively Strange before reading Even Stranger, but if you enjoy the first book, then I highly recommend reading this book too.I would like to thank the publisher, Troubador Publishing Ltd for allowing me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jules
    2019-03-24 11:54

    Having thoroughly enjoyed Relatively Strange, which was the first book in this series, I was really looking forward to reading Even Stranger, and I’m pleased to announce it did not disappoint.I love the characters that Marilyn Messik has created for this series, and not just because they manage to make me feel less strange. It was great seeing a more mature and confident Stella a few years on from the first book too.Although, overall, I wouldn’t describe this book as particularly scary, I think it needs to come with the following warning:“Remove all potentially creepy dolls (and even the cute ones, if you wish them to remain cute in your mind) before reading this book.”One part of this book spooked me so much, I think it knocked a few years off my life. I almost had a heart attack when I looked over at my beautiful doll, Betony, while I was reading, only to discover she had moved position and was staring straight at me! I was on the verge of jumping out of the upstairs window, until I remembered I moved her for the first time in ages, just a few days earlier to show her to my friend. Phew! She still gave me the creeps though, as she was giving me the look, while I stared at her suspiciously. I was even suspicious of her the following night, but we’re back on good terms again now, thank goodness.There were parts of this story that made me giggle and one part that left me craving aniseed balls for about two days. Now I’ve reminded myself about them, I’m craving them again. They are one of my dad’s favourite sweets, so I grew up eating them, and adore the smell and taste of aniseed.You will need to read Relatively Strange before reading Even Stranger, but if you enjoy the first book, then I highly recommend reading this book too.I would like to thank the publisher, Troubador Publishing Ltd for allowing me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Megalion
    2019-03-06 16:10

    I love interesting characters and this book is full of them. Upfront though, I will say that I had not realized this was a 2nd book in a series. Even though there's recapping here and there, I think I would have enjoyed it better having finished the first book first. There's simply too many places where plot elements from the first book appear relevant to the current point in this story. So go get the first book and read it now. As it says in the synopsis, Stella has an unusual talent that tends to be more trouble than it's worth. At this point in her life (the second book), she's done with the getting by lifestyle. And starts her own business. With the unsolicited help of her 88 year old grandmother. One of the aforementioned interesting characters. It's a service business. Simply, need help doing something? She will help you. Whether it's driving a kid to work, helping with secretarial work, or finding something. She's there to help!One of the things I liked about this book that others might not, there's more than one "conflict" in the book. Most times there's a single event that drives the plot. This one has about three if I recall correctly. It was a very enjoyable read and now I must go find the first book and catch up! And mark Marilyn Messick as an author to watch for the next chapter in Stella's world. Thank you to the publisher for the free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Tracy Fenton
    2019-03-02 15:55

    Even Stranger is the sequel to Relatively Strange and in my opinion is Even Better! We meet Stella 7 years on from where we left her and she's trying to build a business and live a "normal" life. With the author's deadpan humour and observational wit, I read this book with a huge smile on my face eagerly following Stella through her various exploits. A truly fabulous series which I hope has at least one more book to come as I need to know what happens next. 5 stars.

  • Philippa Mckenna
    2019-03-08 09:01

    Another brilliant book from Marilyn Messik, as the story of Stella continues into adulthood. Although this could be read as a stand alone, I personally think reading the first book, Relatively Strange, is a must. In Even Stranger, Stella continued to make me laugh out loud with her antics, although there was a more serious undertone. There were some really gripping moments and I enjoyed it enormously. Thank you to Helen Boyce, THE Book Club on Facebook, and Marilyn Messik for this review copy.

  • Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
    2019-03-10 17:12

    I thought I'd knocked him out, but in a flash he'd turned over on to all fours and was crawling swiftly, spider-like, back towards us. He still held the knife and I knew what he wanted to do with it. I set fire to the handle. The wood flamed and he hissed in pain, but didn't let go. It was all turning rather awkward.With the swinging sixties staggering, somewhat shamefaced and flustered, into the slightly staider seventies life for Stella. Isn't always as smooth as she'd like. As an ordinary person, who just happens to be able to do some extraordinary things, it's not she can't handle sticky situations, of course she can, she just doesn't want to. Going forward, she's determined to stick to normal and steer clear of anything remotely risky. This is the brilliant follow up to Relatively Strange which must be read first! Marilyn has done it again, I really did enjoy this follow up.. It is set out perfectly, well written, contains short chapters and has a beautiful ending which is why I awarded five stars. I would highly recommend these two stories to you all especially if you enjoy mystery's, fantasy and drama! I won't forget these stories for a long time and they are definitely STRANGE... I was hooked yet again throughout and enjoyed every minute of reading both these stories. A big thanks to Marilyn for letting me review her stories, it's been a pleasure. Enjoy, bookworms! I loved them.

  • Vicky
    2019-03-04 15:08

    This was an excellent follow up to the first book as it centred around Stella in the work place. I'm not sure if that was why I could so easily relate to Stella or the fact that she just wants to be normal, and who doesn't? But for Stella that's a little trickier as she has some extraordinary powers to contend with. I love the idea that using them has a consequence and that as Stella progresses in life she disciplines herself in the use of them. Stella is someone I can relate to, she has good intentions that don't always go according to plan and I love her sense of humour. I also love the characters around her, especially Kitty. I have read both books in the series back to back but now feel a little bereft as there isn't a follow up to turn to. Special thanks to TBConFB for providing a kindle copy of this book in return for an honest review.

  • Angharad Truelove
    2019-02-23 09:23

    Building on the enjoyableRelatively Strange , we join an older Stella trying to control her strangeness and enjoy a 'normal' life (aren't we all?! No?! Just me then). The thing is, strangeness appears to attract strangeness and the Peacock sisters, along with their cohort of strange individuals, are never far away.Marilyn Messik's beautiful writing and humour, along with her original storyline, made this a really captivating and original read. I'd say even more so than the first in the series.I hope there's soon to be another as I'm eager to see what happens next!Many thanks to THE Book Club and Marilyn Messik for the opportunity to read this book in return for my honest review.

  • Rosalind Black
    2019-03-21 16:57

    I received a copy from TBC on FB in exchange for an honest review, so thank you for the opportunity.After reading the first book "Relatively Strange", I was so pleased to be able to get stuck into this one! The same high standard of writing applied, and the story line was just as awesome. This book focuses on Stella in her adult years, which gave a slightly different yet equally thrilling atmosphere as you grew with the characters. I still have questions about the plot so I'm hoping its a "To Be Continued" as I would happily read this as a series! A truly original book that I would find difficult to pigeon-hole into a genre and I can't wait to read more from Marilyn Messik.

  • Kerry
    2019-02-22 16:07

    Having read and enjoyed the previous book 'Relatively Strange' I was really enjoying read the next book...and I wasn't disappointed!Thoroughly enjoyed reading it and again found it amusing. I enjoyed reading how Stella 's character had grown and developed..as well as the characters from the previous book!I would definitely recommend reading 'Relatively Strange' first as this book refers to parts of the first book which may leave you a little confused if you had not read it.The book has short chapters which some readers may prefer.Definitely worth a read and now one of my favourite author's...looking forward to reading more from Marilyn Messik.

  • Clare Wakelin
    2019-03-16 17:22

    brilliant follow on from the first book. I was so glad that there wasn't many reminders of the first book as that really puts me off, I was able to carry on and everything tied in perfect. loved how the characters grew and was so chuffed to learn that Sam is doing great. I really hope there is another one on its way as I have to see where it ends. fab story by a bloody brilliant author. thank you to TBC for picking me to read and review and a massive thank you to Marilyn Messik for sending me signed paperbacks for my book case

  • Lindsay
    2019-03-14 09:10

    Stella getting into more hijinksThis 2nd book follows on the story of Stella and her gifts and her group of friends and family.She's growing up and learning more about the world and her gifts and finding out when's the best time to use them.Trouble is she sometimes gets it wrong, a great book well written and well explained on psy abilities and how people are affected.Please read this book you don't be disappointed.

  • Kath
    2019-02-28 12:00

    This is book two in this new series and, although there is a bit of a catch-up to be found at the start as well as a few joggers throughout the book, it really is best to have read the first book before starting this one as there is a whole lot of character development and backstory that, if known, will enhance the reading experience of this one. And, it's a great book in itself so why not!So, we pick up Stella pretty much where we left her at the end of book one. She has mostly left the Strange behind her apart from a few dalliances when necessary (some of which are rather amusing) and we follow her through a succession of "interesting" jobs until, one day, at a family gathering, she drops the bombshell that she intends to start her own business. A kind of "helping hands" agency and, to Stella's surprise, Aunt Kitty supports her. Not only that, she also decides that she will be Stella's assistant to boot! All ticks along quite nicely until, one day, who should turn up at the office but Glory with Ed in tow. Stella thought (hoped) she had left those days behind her. What does Glory want this time? Will Stella agree to help? Does she even have a choice? Is that box firmly on the shelf or can Stella bear to open it once again and if she does it this one time, where will it end?As the book goes on, we find out that Stella is more than capable of getting herself into a pickle without any help from Glory et al, and my heart was literally in my mouth several times as I was reading. As with the previous book, there are some wonderful one-liners, often taking me back down memory lane (to Friday at five to five for one!) and with some of the action being very high octane, I was very thankful for these periods of respite and light relief. I did get some strange looks from my brother whilst I was reading cos I have to admit to giggling on more than a couple of occasions! This author really does know how to balance a book with regard to a reader's emotional turmoil! As with the author's first book, this one is filled to the brim with wonderful characters. Nasty or nice, they are all very well described and fleshed out. Very easy to emote with / relate to which I do need in a good read. I especially loved Kat the dog. If Stella ever feels she can't take care of her any more, I'd love to have her in my family! And Stella, oh Stella, I really love her. There are characters that you warm to immediately and really wish they were real and Stella is definitely in my top five. I'd love to have a coffee and a cake with her and get to know her properly!I found this book incredibly hard to put down, I read it from start to finish in less than a day. I got a bit grumpy at times when life made me stop to do something boring but necessary and all I really wanted to do was get right back to Stella's world, back to the action, the adventure, the scary bits!If you want something a little different for your next read, a book filled with delightful characters acting out a storyline that is both heart warming and harrowing, funny at times with a bit of Strange thrown in for good measure then this could be the series for you. Me, I really can't wait to see what Stella gets up to next. I hope the author writes quick!I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Breakaway Reviewers
    2019-03-12 10:11

    EVEN STRANGER BY MARILYN MESSIK5 StarsA Stephen King-like Dark Tale of Strange Occurrences In the early seventies, Stella’s life isn't going well. She has some extraordinary psychic abilities but finds it frustrating that even something as simple as holding down a job throws up unexpected hurdles. Thinking that she always knows best, combined with a chronic inability to keep her mouth shut and her nose out of other people’s business, has led her off the straight and narrow more than once. Stella can handle sticky situations, but she just doesn’t want to – violence really isn’t her thing. Forward planning includes setting herself up in a successful business, sticking like glue to normal, squashing an over-active conscience and steering clear of anything remotely risky or unpleasant. Unfortunately, the best laid plans often lead to the darkest places... This book really captured my imagination, enthralled me and made me want to buy the first book in the series as soon as I had finished it. Stella is someone I related to quickly, she has good intentions that don't always go according to plan and her sense of humour was delightful. It is unlike any other book I have read and I would struggle to fit it snugly into a genre. Reading other reviews, it appears that it would have been much better if I had read the first book, Relatively Strange, but I was not at all disappointed with this book, having said that.If you enjoy mystery, fantasy and drama then this is a book for you! I prefer books with short chapters and this one did have that, but that is just my preference. The story is about Stella moving into adulthood whilst trying to lead a normal life despite her powers and her struggle to do this is the highlight of this story. The author's descriptive language was a pleasure to read and, at 273 pages, it was just the right length for me to read in three quite short sittings. A wonderful, humorous style of writing lends real credence to the entertaining plot and some of Stella's family and friends are nicely developed characters.The story did move about a lot and it was occasionally a challenge to keep up with everything that was going on, but I much prefer books like that and so was royally entertained. The book took my back to my formative years of the seventies and the eccentricities found in most families were, at times, hilariously described here. If you want to read something a little different, a book filled with delightful characters acting out a story line that is heart-warming, harrowing and funny all at once, then look no further than Even Stranger.Digger95Breakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review.

  • Lucy Farmer
    2019-03-21 17:11

    This is the second book about 'strange' Stella and to get the most out of it I would recommend reading the first book, Relatively Strange.The book continues with Stella straight away from the first book and in the same vein. Stella is still strange and she wants to live her life the way she chooses to. Once again, the writing is so delightful as it wraps you up and takes you away into Stella's world which I found absolutely believable.Stella does her best to keep her distance from the other strange people she met in Relatively Strange but it turns out that is never going to be. Again I was so involved in this book that I was moved to tears at points. I really hope we meet Stella in a third (or more) book.I was given a free copy of this book via TBC on Facebook in exchange for my honest review.

  • shannonbookishlife
    2019-03-01 11:19

    Recived this book for review from netgally and the publisher in exchange for an honest review this has in no way affected my opinion. This is book two in this new series and, although there is a bit of a catch-up to be found at the start as well as a few joggers throughout the book, it really is best to have read the first book before starting this one as there is a whole lot of character development and backstory that, if known, will enhance the reading experience of this one. I enjoyed this book I loved the writing style and I liked the idea of this novel. I could connect to all the characters even the side characters and I can't wait to read more from this author in the future and even go back and read the first book and then reread this one to enhance the experience of reading it.

  • Fiona
    2019-02-22 09:22

    I was really looking forward to reading this sequel to Relatively Strange and I was not disappointed. The book sweeps you up into the lives of Stella, her family and her friends and they seem such real characters. Needless to say, Stella's impulsiveness gets her into all kinds of trouble again and leading a normal life proves to be extremely difficult. Marilyn has a wicked sense of humour which had me chuckling all the way through. To be honest, even without the 'strangeness', I would still enjoy these beautifully written books. I genuinely couldn't put it down. Thank you again to Marilyn and TBC for letting me have copies of these books. I very much hope that we haven't heard the last from Stella.

  • Marie
    2019-03-19 13:01

    Thank you to TBC for allowing me to read and review this book.This is the 2nd book by Marilyn Messik - the first being called Relatively Strange. I would total reccomend reading these books in the correct order as opposed to stand alones so you learn about the characters from the very start.This 2nd book continues Stella's strange and wonderful, weird, abnormal life. This tells her story from a more grown up time in her life, where she wants to leave the strangeness behind and start up her own business. She gets the full support of her aunt who also wishes to help her as her assistant. Then who should turn up but Ed - can she do anything to help him? Will she even want to go there again? Again this book has some humour but it will also keep you wanting to read on.

  • Natasha du Plessis
    2019-03-11 12:00

    Thank you to Marilyn Messik and TBC for the ARC.It started with Relatively Strange and now Stella's story continues in Even Stranger. I love Stella and can't wait to read more of her. (I hope there are more to come!!!) Marilyn has 'n great way of telling Stella's story and makes you want to read faster and faster. I loved all the characters and their antics, there were a few scary moments in the story as well as a few funny ones. If you love strange stories then I recommend you pick up both, Relatively Strange and Even Stranger.

  • Susan Angela Wallace
    2019-03-11 11:22

    I received this as an arc from the book club ( tbc ) on fb in exchange for an honest review. "are you scared of me"? I asked."oddly enough, no. should I be?"Wow. Absolutely fantastic read. I loved the story and the characters. I still love Stella. She's my favourite character. I loved Rachael too.Wow. What a read. Had me gripped from start to finish. Absolutely loved it. I loved the ending too. Can't wait to read more. This is a must read and I would highly recommend this book. Definitely worth more than 5 *.

  • MichelleDriscoll
    2019-02-28 13:16

    Having really enjoyed the first book 'Relatively Strange' I was really looking forward to this one. I didn't think this one could be any better but it was, I loved it!This book carries on Stella's story as an adult as she tries to lead a normal life in the workplace, despite her abilities. I really enjoyed seeing how the characters had developed from the last book, particularly Sam after his ordeal in 'Relatively Strange'.Brilliant and the full 5 stars, a step up from the 4.5 I gave the first book. I am hoping Marilyn Messik is writing the next one!

  • Loraine Holland
    2019-03-17 17:09

    Wow! Even better than the first book, Relatively Strange. I was bereft when I finished this book, I want and need a third one pretty please. I love Stella,her stubbornness and how she does things her own way; not always with the best outcome. I was blindsided with some events in the book, edge of the seat stuff, thrilling and nail biting. A very well written story with characters that are totally relatable. We all have that one aunt, don't we?

  • Katie Ray
    2019-03-15 13:18

    Thanks to The Book Club for a free copy in exchange for an honest review. A really enjoyable sequel. Stella is still just as likable and the writing just as witty. You definitely have to read the previous novel but this is highly recommended.

  • Audrey Gibson
    2019-02-22 12:17

    I read Relatively Strange, the first in the series and loved it. This one did not disappoint, it was brilliant. Stella, the main character, is very likeable with a great sense of humour. I recommend you read Relatively Strange first. Many thanks to the author and TBC for the ARC.

  • D. Messing
    2019-03-18 15:18

    Engrossing read! The first novel took quite a while to get into, but this one catches you right away, and doesn't let go until the end!

  • Gemma Whittington
    2019-03-01 14:18

    thank you to THE book club and also Marilyn Messik for the chance to read this book. the second book and although had to do a bit of catch up was an enjoyable read.

  • Nelly
    2019-03-12 12:07

    Liked the continuation from the 1st book, and it is again well written in a style and format I liked.

  • JustHB
    2019-03-10 13:23

    A quirky and enjoyable read. What starts out as a fun and easy read skillfully draws the reader into a tighter plot that gallops along like a roller-coaster, leaving the reader not quite sure whether it's a runaway roller-coaster or all part of the ride.