The History Major by Michael Phillip Cash

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The History Major by Michael Phillip Cash
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (140 pages)
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

After a vicious fight with her boyfriend followed by a night of heavy partying, college freshman Amanda Greene wakes up in her dorm room to find things are not the same as they were yesterday. She can’t quite put her finger on it. She’s sharing her room with a peculiar stranger. Amanda discovers she’s registered for classes she would never choose with people that are oddly familiar. An ominous shadow is stalking her. Uncomfortable memories are bubbling dangerously close to her fracturing world, propelling her to an inevitable collision between fantasy and reality. Is this the mother of all hangovers or is something bigger happening?

Though this is pretty short, it packs a lot of suspense that kept me reading.

Amanda Greene wakes up to find herself in a foggy state and as the day continues it only gets foggier. The day begins with her sitting in a history class that she didn’t sign up for to visits from people who haven’t been alive for long time and stories that seems to bring about more confusion than answers.

I wasn’t really sure where the story was going, but the author created a plot that piqued my interest and made me need to finish to see how it all would play out. While I can’t say this is one of my favorite books by this author; compared to prior works I’ve read, this one has a different feel. The plot was not a simple one and I wasn’t sure what the author was accomplishing until I got to the very end of the story and after reading the author’s note.

Honesty, it had almost too many layers. There’s this cloudy back story of Amanda that contains a disturbing flash back to issues with her step brother. The book has an interesting plot, but just didn’t resonate with me. Perhaps another reader will find this “history vs. present day” type plot more enjoyable. The author’s signature writing style is still strong and to be honest, it wasn’t a bad read. With that being said, I realized when I was at the halfway mark that I couldn’t really voice what I didn’t like about the story nor can I really think of any other way to have pulled this story off. It just felt a little too convoluted. But it did make me think about the subject and perhaps that was the point.

The History Major is an original in its genre. The author created rich tapestries of Amanda’s emotional experiences. The story is enjoyable with a mystical level propelled from the author’s imagination and from his belief that we perhaps go to a special place when we die. Readers who like stories that drive the reader to think deep, will find Amanda’s unique journey a pleasure to read.

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