In this collection, meet:
Franck, who has to align his desires with his needs; Nathan, who has to adjust to his constantly changing turf; and, Cedric, who has to open his eyes to reconstruct himself.
The Eye Opener is Garai’s second collection of short stories, including: The Alignment; The Changing Turf; and The Eye Opener.
Much like his first collection, The Sacrifice, each story can easily be read in one sitting (as can the entire book), and they work in complement to one another. They focus on themes of money, debt, employment and unemployment, and the importance of making good decisions, making for stories that are universal. The author has a definite point of view on these issues and he conveys them clearly.
While the morals of these stories were quite clear, I had some issues with their pacing. Slower sections followed by jumps in time made for some confusion. I also felt they could be strengthened by either: editing further to sharpen their focus; or expanding details to develop them into longer length novellas.
Ultimately, I didn’t necessarily dislike this collection but I did have a difficult time engaging with it. I personally prefer Garai’s first short story collection, The Sacrifice, over this one.
*I received a free copy of this book; it was my pleasure to provide an open and honest review.