Golden Gate Jumper Survivors Society by Ross Wilcox

Thank you to the author, publisher and Book Sirens for the copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Oh my word, what a book! It’s a collection of Ross Wilcox’s short stories which have previously featured in a various publications individually, brought together in one volume for the first time.

No two stories can be accused of being similar but I took some recurring themes of perceptions of reality, deceptive appearances, and yearning from each story, although they were used in very different ways: From the cuckoo who arrives at the Golden Gate Jumper Survivors Society, to the apparently dependable and sensible daughter in Broken Vessel; the increasing lengths and lawn ornaments of a community in Year Of Our Lawn, to the protagonist’s reality in Oliver Weston GBV.

I shuddered at the couple playing God with the help of a 3D printer in Of Small Account, and at the innocent complicity of Jacob Carbuncle in Ransom. I adored the voyeuristic tour through the realities of Wilcox’s characters and will definitely be watching for more of his work.

Perfect for fans of Black Mirror, I’m giving this a full 5 stars.

Rating: 5 out of 5.