Cats Like Cream: Renee Miller
Reviewed By Steve Stred
Three for three!
Sometimes writing a review for a book can be tough because you don’t know exactly when the review might be posted, when you’re submitting it to a site for hosting, like I am with this one for Kendall Reviews.
So, let’s use dates to get rid of my current predicament. On Thursday, August 27th I read Miller’s Church. August 28th, I read Miller’s Howl and now on the 29th I read Cats Like Cream and started Stranded!
This Miller kick has been great and has seen me dive into some truly horrific work, in the best way possible.
Did Cats Like Cream keep the ball rolling in the right direction?
What I liked: Hells to the yeah it did! Cats Like Cream takes the mundane job of a real estate agent and completely throws it for a loop by making our Main Character, Elwin, navigate life as an obsessive, compulsive, hair chomping nut job. Yes, you read that right.
Miller has a fluidity to her writing with this one that we see Elwin grow more and more manic and struggle to keep the beast within maintained and to make sure he covers his tracks for his various “breaches of ethical trust.”
I loved how Miller made Elwin just a mild-mannered agent while inside he was a deplorable scum bag. Truly had me engrossed.
What I didn’t like: Look, I made this template to help me write better reviews and this section specifically if I found something glaring that made me drop a star or whatever. So, what I’m saying is, I guess sue me for having nothing here? Ha!
Why you should buy this: Look, Eddie from Unnerving puts out some great stuff and time and time again he’s released Miller’s work, so that’s saying something. Elwin is one the best MC’s I’ve come across in some time – a character similar to Dexter, where you want to see them have success while also hoping they fail.
Cats Like Cream
It’s okay to watch. Watching hurts no one, as long as you don’t touch.
Elwin likes to watch. His position as star employee at a real estate agency gives him plenty of access to the homes of his clients. A camera or two hidden where no one will find it, and he can watch as often as he pleases.
No one knows. No one gets hurt.
But it’s hard to look without touching. Touching leads to bad things. Elwin knows this, but allows himself a moment of weakness.
And then another.
Soon, watching isn’t an option anymore. Not if Elwin wants his secrets to remain buried.
Steve Stred is the author of a number of novels, novellas and collections. He has appeared in anthologies with some of Horror’s heaviest hitters.
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