#BookReview: The Thing About Kevin by @BeemWeeks

Hi everyone. Today, I have a book review for you by an author I greatly admire, Beem Weeks. His short fiction is great.

About the Book:

Jacob Radner returns to his suburban Chicago roots to bury his departed father. The family is all there—except for older brother Kevin. Thirty-seven years earlier, Kevin Radner walked out the front door and vanished. Will this prodigal son return and finally make peace with the ghost of his mobster father? As the patriarch’s body is lowered into the earth, long-hidden family secrets become uncovered: a former girlfriend, a child born out of wedlock and adopted out, a mother willfully blind to the sins of the father. In this novella, author Beem Weeks examines the notion that sometimes those closest to us are the very ones we should fear most.

My Review:







A wonderful short read.

Mr Weeks has done it again. I love his fiction, whether short or long. This writer has a knack for showing deep emotion in few words. His character’s come alive, and the dialogue between them is the most realistic I’ve read. The revelation at the end was great. I cannot recommend this author enough. The Thing About Kevin gets a resounding 5 stars from me.

NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

If you’d like to buy the book, you can find it here: Amazon UK and Amazon US.

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Beem Weeks

I am so grateful for your kind words, Harmony. I am truly humbled. Thank you so very much.


A lot to like about this review. 5/5! Woot–that means a lot.

Jan Sikes

Hi, Harmony! I absolutely LOVED this short story. Beem has such a unique way of pulling the reader inside the pages with the characters and I’ve often referred to him as the “Master of Show Don’t Tell.” Great review and I completely agree!

Beem Weeks

Thank you, Jan. I appreciate you as a friend and fellow author. Your support has been so amazing.


I love Beem’s writing! This chiller sounds like my kinda read. Great review, Harmony. My TBR list just grew longer. 😊

Roberta Eaton Cheadle

This sounds like a great novella, Harmony. I have read and enjoyed one of Kevin’s books of short stories. He is good at characterisation.

CS Boyack

Sounds like Beem has another winner.

Mae Clair

Fabulous review, Harmony. Beem is an excellent story-teller.

Joan Hall

This sounds like a story I would definitely enjoy. Nice review, Harmony!

Staci Troilo

Sounds like a story I’d love. Thanks for sharing, Harmony. Best wishes to Beem.

Janet Gogerty

Sounds great – where would authors be without secrets!

Sarah Stuart

Interesting review, Harmony
I agree with Priscilla: it’s a chilling concept.

D.L. Finn

Great review, Harmony. I enjoyed this short story:)

Priscilla Bettis

Yay for a five star read. “Sometimes those closest to us are the very ones we should fear most,” oh that’s chilling!

john howell

Excellent review, Harmony. I agree Beem knows how to write ’em