Find out the latest indie author news. For FREE.

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 05/2022
  • 979-8-9854739-0-2 B09SKQ6BNV
  • 224 pages
  • $12.95
Ebook Details
  • 05/2022
  • 979-8-9854739-2-6 B09SHV8NFX
  • 224 pages
  • $8.99
Peter Rosch
Author
Future Skinny
Peter Rosch, author
Casey Banks is a devoutly anorexic man who discovers he can see the future by binge-eating. His new plan? Perform visions for cash while staying thin by any means necessary. Reading futures proves to be lucrative, but when he ignores a vision of his girlfriend committing a grisly murder, it sets Casey on a dangerous path toward a destiny he'll do anything to avoid.
Reviews
Rosch’s macabre and accomplished new novel focuses on the troubled soothsayer Casey Banks, who can see into the immediate future by inducing hunger followed by immense binge-eating and a purge. When Casey’s love interest, Lylian, commits murder, he puts himself into harm’s way to protect her and her young daughter to make up for the future he could not predict. With the introduction of a shadowy organization wanting to replicate his strange powers, Future Skinny has no shortage of twists to keep the tension fresh.

Continuing the proud tradition of stories of troubled fortune tellers, Rosch (But I Love You) invents a fresh–albeit upsetting–method of prognostication, with an anorexic-bulimic medium gorging for a glimpse of what’s to come. He leaves nothing to the imagination when depicting Casey putting away a whole bag of tortilla chips, a sixteen-inch sausage pizza, an entire chocolate cake, a double Philly cheesesteak burger, and so much more. The intensity with which Rosch focuses on these images and others, unabashed and unafraid, will please readers who prefer their fiction to break ground and boundaries, even at the expense of taste, though it goes without saying that others will balk at the depiction of a psychic using self-harming methods to increase the accuracy of readings.

Rosch’s prose is bold and brisk, attentive to telling details, high emotions, and violations to both body and spirit: “The sour mix of take-out, sex, bleach, and human sweat has been evicted. The metallic stench of blood and gunpowder reign supreme.” The dialogue slices, and playful, searching “interview” transcripts plumb Casey’s mind in fleet, engaging chapters. With its back and forth timelines, shadowy organizations, and troubled romance, Future Skinny finds Rosch committing whole-heartedly to his premise, building a pained, twisty, yet fascinating story that builds to setpieces–like the dinner party where “Nearly every North American meat dish is represented on the table”–with jolting surprises.

Takeaway: This inventive, defiantly not-for-everyone thriller ties seeing the future to an eating disorder.

Great for fans of: William Grehsam’s Nightmare Alley, John Layman and Rob Guillory’s Chew.

Production grades
Cover: B+
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A-
Marketing copy: A-

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 05/2022
  • 979-8-9854739-0-2 B09SKQ6BNV
  • 224 pages
  • $12.95
Ebook Details
  • 05/2022
  • 979-8-9854739-2-6 B09SHV8NFX
  • 224 pages
  • $8.99

Loading...