Perspective by Mel Morton is a collection of stories that will linger in your mind long after you finish reading the book. The seven short stories all deal with complex personalities and relationships. Perspective is a day in the life of Isabelle as she is taken away from her obsession by a temporary break in her routine. Erin is the story of a woman who is escaping from reality while Quiet is a poignant story about a girl whose young life and relationship with her parents is out of the ordinary. The Colonel is possibly the most positive story in this collection. Next of Kin is a distant but touching story between father and daughter and For Your Own Good ends in a way one may not expect. Signed For, on the other hand, is probably the most complex narrative in the whole collection.

Mel Morton’s collection of short stories is both stirring and perceptive. In spite of the predominantly dark themes, I have to admit that the stories are entertaining. The author’s characters are complex and interesting. Minimalist and thrifty with words, the author succeeds in raising a lot of questions in the reader’s mind. What is astonishing though, is that it is not hard to imagine that these characters are all real human beings and that they do exist in our world. Morton’s themes reminds me of authors like Sylvia Plath and Edgar Allan Poe. She delves inside the heads of these complex personalities so that readers can get a glimpse of the demons that plague them. There is no doubt that she is an astute observer of the human race and this is the reason why her stories will remain in our hearts long after we read the last pages of her book.

Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers’ Favorite