#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.

29 Comments on “#BookReview: The Thing About Kevin by @BeemWeeks

    • You’re so welcome, Beem. This one is nearly a year old, so I’m guessing the ‘revive old posts’ that retweets periodically does the trick, lols. I hope this finds you well 🙂

  1. 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!

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

    • I’m sure this one would be right up your street, Soooz 🙂
      Sorry about your TBR! Lols 😂

  3. 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.

    • My only regret is it wasn’t longer! Shows what a great job Beem did. Thanks, Denise 🙂