Call Drops is a novella from John F Leonard in which we follow the exploits of Mr Vincent Preece. Preece is a man who made his money in the telecommunications business some years ago but now spends his time scouring through car-boot sales and trinket shops. One day, Preece comes across an old mobile phone. This slightly unusual, old but eye-catching item soon leads him down a dark path.
Call Drops is a story that gets darker and darker the further we go. The layers of Preece’s past are slowly revealed. Vincent Preece is a bit of a shady character. I don’t know what it is but something just doesn’t sit right with him and as things begin to unravel we find there is much more than meets the eye. Preece is a man with a past he wishes to keep buried.
There is much to enjoy here with this tale from John F Leonard. There is a dark English sense of humour at play and I love the quirky phrases used throughout the story. It is also a story that features a showstopper of a scene. A scene that features a truly bizarre and unsettling discovery by Mr Preece. A tip-off from beyond alerts Preece that one of his friends, Casper Green, might be into something a little bit sinister. The discovery is truly odd and not what I was expecting at all. The writing really shines here as Leonard paints a vivid picture of Preece’s discovery in all its weird and gruesome glory!
Call Drops is a very smooth read, brimming with sinister undertones and one that I hope people will take a chance on. I had a great time with it and I’m now really looking forward to starting John’s novel, Bad Pennies, soon.
4/5 missed calls from the Grim Reader.
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