At first glance, Bob Rector’s “Unthinkable Consequences” seemed to be about a sexy affair with Paula and Kurt, two inflamed lovers meeting at night to continue their passionate, atmospheric tryst. Instantly seduced by the clandestine situation and lovely descriptions, such as “…listened to the cacophony of night sounds…tree frogs were locked in a grating, rusty harmony, accompanied by the frenzied buzzing of insects…,” I became totally immersed in this fast-paced, page-turning, Machiavellian story, where the cast of characters–two ruthless ex-military con artists, a neglectful husband, a secretive mother-in-law, a faithful caretaker, a spoiled college student, a hopeful employee, and a smart, game-playing mascot–all sent me down paths that didn’t turn out the way I thought they would.
Yet in the midst of all of this duplicity was something a little unexpected for me: a very touching portrayal of two people not just enjoying each other physically, but enjoying true love for the first time in their lives, a love where acceptance, protectiveness, in-sync bantering, and joy was very well portrayed. So well done, in fact, that towards the end of the book, as the dramatic denouement was drawing near, I found myself thoroughly rooting for this duo, recognizing full well, having read the pattern of this extremely well thought-out cliffhanger, that things just might not turn out `perfect’ in the end.
All I can say is I actually looked forward to sitting in a government office, possibly for hours, just so I could finish this book. Now, how many times can you said THAT?! Highly recommended? You betcha!
S. R. Mallery has worn various hats in her life. Starting out as a classical/pop singer/composer, she worked in clubs and churches while composing for educational filmstrips. From there, she moved on to having her own calligraphy company, a twenty-year quilting and craft business, and teaching English as a Second Language/Reading. Finally, she tried her hand at fiction writing and it was like an all-consuming drug. She’s been happily writing ever since.
She has had eleven short fiction pieces published in “descant 2008,” “Snowy Egret,” “Transcendent Visions,” “The Storyteller,” and “Down In The Dirt”. Several of her stories have appeared in different anthologies through Scars Publications. Before that, she had articles published in “Traditional Quiltworks” by Chitra Publications, and “Quilt World” by House of White Birches when she was a professional quilt artist/quilt teacher.