I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.THE REST WILL COME by Christina Bergling
Published by Limitless Publishing LLC on August 8, 2017
Genres: comedy, Crime/Serial Killer, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Psychological Horror, Thriller
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Murder can be risky…and not just for the douchebags on the business end of Emma’s power saw.
Men only let Emma down. They cheat, and they lie. They send unsolicited pictures of their genitals. Ready to give up hope, Emma decides to go on one last date. Then it finally happens—she finds the thing she loves most of all.
Killing clueless jerks she finds on the internet.
Lost in a happy haze of hunting her victims, devising increasingly-clever killings, and streamlining her dismemberment process, Emma gets careless.
As her need for her murderous outlet grows, she runs an increasing risk of getting caught…or worse—falling for one of her victims.
THE REST WILL COME, by Christina Bergling, starts out with a bang to grasp the reader’s attention. After this, the novel takes a step back to give us the background of all the main characters, in order to illustrate the roads that led to that moment.
The characterization here was phenomenal! In addition to Emma–who you get to know the most intimately–we meet her best friend, Ronnie, and go along her journey simultaneously with Emma’s. Ronnie, in particular, brings a “comic relief” to the novel which–at times–would have otherwise reminded me too much of a “romance/looking for love” type of book.
Through the years, we learn of Emma’s distant past, and follow her through all the catastrophic events that are shaping her now.
“. . . While you may not want the life you have right now, it’s the one you have, so you have to find a way to not be miserable in it . . . “
Some of the scenes in this book could be quite prevalent to single people in today’s society. With all the technology at our disposal, searching for a partner takes on a whole new level. Through these often disastrous–sometimes comical–escapades, Emma begins to realize what she likes most in life. Discovering “who” she really is seems to comes as much as a surprise to her as it does to the reader.
“. . . Under the casual morning sun and a kind breeze, digging was decidedly relaxing . . .”
The interactions between Emma and Ronnie are a blast! Christina Bergling could not have given us two more different people in terms of personality, and it is precisely these differences that make their conversation and banter so unique and memorable. They serve to break the tension of some of the more “intense” scenes, and give the reader a chance to mentally relax, and simply “go with the flow” of the story.
“How did you not kill this guy? . . .”
What impressed me the most about Ms. Bergling’s writing style is the way she was able to so convincingly get me into the mindset of her main character, and make her personal transformation seem to be a “natural” evolution, rather than an “unbelievable” leap.
“. . . Maybe there never was an Emma . . . Maybe Emma was the persona and the lie all along . . . “
Overall, I was very impressed with the first novel I’ve read by this author. While I did feel that the book dragged a little in the middle, the ending got back on track with all the action, character development, and humor that I could have asked for. A solid story that certainly stands out on its own.
“. . . And I liked it . . . “
About Christina Bergling
Colorado‐bred writer, Christina Bergling knew she wanted to be an author in fourth grade.
In college, she pursued a professional writing degree and started publishing small scale. It all began with “How to Kill Yourself Slowly.”
With the realities of paying bills, she started working as a technical writer and document manager, traveling to Iraq as a contractor and eventually becoming a trainer and software developer.
She avidly hosted multiple blogs on Iraq, bipolar, pregnancy, running. She continues to write on Fiery Pen: The Horror Writing of Christina Bergling and Z0mbie Turtle.
In 2015, she published two novellas. She is also featured in the horror collections Collected Christmas
Horror Shorts, Collected Easter Horror Shorts, Collected Halloween Horror Shorts, and Demonic Wildlife. Her latest novel, The Rest Will Come, was released by Limitless Publishing in August 2017.
Bergling is a mother of two young children and lives with her family in Colorado Springs. She spends her non‐writing time running, doing yoga and barre, belly dancing, taking pictures, traveling, and sucking all the marrow out of life.
I am an avid reader/reviewer of books--primarily horror, thriller, supernatural, and mystery.