The Blurb on Other People’s Words – Bennie Newsome

August 14, 2012 at 1:35 am (writing)

The BoogeyMann – by Bennie Newsome

This story begins with a curious introduction to the Mann family, by all accounts an average, respectable family who have developed an odd way of disciplining their children – Mr. And Mrs. Mann are dead set against lying, stealing, cheating and bullying, but they don’t believe in physical discipline so theygo to some extremes to counter such behaviour. Despite this, two of their three children, Chloe and Benjamin, still manage to break the rules on a regular basis, landing themselves in trouble. The third child, Kayla, a do-gooder and rule-keeper, finds herself the victim of a bully.

Mr. Mann’s solution to his disobedient children and Kayla’s bully is certainly not orthodox, and his methods, we eventually learn, have proven problematic in the past. The story lends new meaning to “cruel and unusual punishment,” as we get to experience his unusual parenting methodology first hand.

To be honest with you, the only negative thing I can say about this book is regarding a technical aspect. The ebook version has a few minor formatting issues (missing dashes) and the odd grammar error/typo. Personally, I found it easy enough to ignore these minor quirks.

As far as the positive? Big thumbs up for originality, this is not the story it seems to be at first glance. Starting with a humorous twist at the end of the first chapter, Bennie takes a family of seemingly ordinary people and weaves a peculiar but intriguing story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It takes real talent to make what seems so mundane on the surface into something so interesting.

Secondly, Bennie has a way with words – he was nice flow to his writing style, an excellent vocabulary and a good balance to his humour (enough to add levity to lighten the mood where needed but not so much as to make the story feel silly.)

Lastly, I have to say “kudos” to Bennie for his spot-on characterization and attention to detail. His characters are realistic and entertaining, moving at times, and his descriptions are comprehensive without interfering with the story.

I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read to date by Bennie, but this book was the most delightful yet. I hope to see much more from him in the future.



  1. blnewsome said,

    Reblogged this on The Ravings of a Madman.

    • mskatykins said,

      Congratulations, Bennie – this is a great review! 🙂 Now you need to work on making this story available on Kindle UK. I want to read it! 🙂

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