Troubador Relatively Strange

Released: 01/12/2013

ISBN: 9781783061914

Format: Paperback

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Relatively Strange


It’s hard to know what’s normal, if you’re not, and it takes Stella a while to realise she’s in the definitely ‘not’ drawer. But we are who we are and we make adjustments to fit in – most of the time – and it’s only when she finds she’s not quite as unique as she thought, that things begin to acquire a whole new dimension.

Forced to call on resources she didn’t know she possessed and thrust headlong into the violence of a situation for which nothing could have prepared her, Stella is suddenly face to face with the stark reality of medical experimentation and its horrifying consequences.

But in a world of uncertainties, one thing’s beyond doubt – this hero stuff really isn’t her. Normal, or as near as damn it, is what she wants and if that means smothering her instincts and adjusting her expectations well, so be it. At least she’ll then know should she slip off the wagon occasionally, it’ll be through choice, not chance and to suit herself. Isn’t it a fact though that just when you think you’ve got yourself sorted, life turns round and bites you?

Relatively Strange introduces a protagonist whose irreverent sense of humour, conviction she always knows best and inability to keep her mouth shut, will strike a chord with like-minded readers everywhere. Marilyn has been inspired by a number of authors, including Stephen King, Susan Hill and John Connolly.

Previous Books
Having set up a copywriting consultancy and banging on a fair old bit about the importance of clear communication, solid strategy and forward thinking in business, Marilyn felt obliged to put her money where her mouth was. So she wrote the Little Black Business Book series.

She subsequently found herself working on several book projects with different clients and felt, the least she could do, was gain scars and the t-shirt for herself. Hence Relatively Strange, which came out at the end of 2013, followed by the sequel, Even Stranger in 2016. Her new novel Witch Dust is a stand alone.

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Relatively Strange kept me engrossed from beginning to end….each time I had to put it down it was with reluctance and with determination to return at the earliest possible opportunity. The community into which the reader is introduced has some unusual but totally believable characters and it felt like a privilege to be allowed into their circle for the duration of the book.
The pictures painted of 1950’s Jewish family life echoed my own memories and one had to smile at the recognition of traits of the individuals that one almost recognised as people already known to me.
Relatively Strange is a book with many layers and which would certainly benefit from repeated readings and I personally am planning a second reading as soon as possible.
When I reached the end I found myself wanting to spend more time with the adult Stella and will be eagerly looking out for a sequel.

Thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it totally.

by Andrea Salmon

Superb read. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommend
For many reasons - great story, characters interspersed with
Real life, beautifully written with humour, very easy, entertaining
and gripping read - I could go on but would recommend you
Treat yourself to this wonderful book.
Marilyn thank you for keeping me enrapt with your masterpiece
When's the next?

by Julia Sondack

Terrific Slow Burner Thriller! I really enjoyed this witty, entertaining read and would highly recommend it. I think that it would make a great film and can't wait for the sequel - please get on with the writing Marilyn!

by Paula Fagan

5.0 out of 5 stars Strangely addictive., 14 Jan 2014
By Celia Heley
This review is from: Relatively Strange (Kindle Edition)
I bought Relatively Strange because I knew the person who wrote the story, and the first 2 chapters read exactly as if she was reading it to me, I could hear her voice, pauses, and exclamations as if she was in my bedroom! Which was lovely and charming. Then much as you reach the tipping point right at the very top of a roller coaster, I was off, Marilyn vanished, and I was embroiled. There are not many books that are difficult to put down, this is one of them. It is everything a book should be. Unexpected, funny, surprising, familiar too and like the roller coaster an unstoppable ride right until the end. Then there's the OH NO! It's finished. Let's do it again!

by Celia Heley

5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious, satisfying, and I am craving more.
14 Jan 2014
By Ms C H Spencer
This review is from: Relatively Strange (Paperback)
If Stella was reading with me, she would find that I scan through the narrative anxious to get on with the story. The delight of the description and narrative from the beginning has made me slow down and savour every word. I didn't actually want to reach the end of the book, as I read the last sentence I am filled with hope that I will be able to “go back “and see how life evolves for Stella.

Don’t rush to squeeze in some reading during our busy lives. This is the perfect book to put life and to do’s on hold, slow down and enjoy.

by C.H. Spencer

5.0 out of 5 stars It just kept getting better..., 13 Jan 2014
By Long Tall Annie
I bought this book expecting a quirky, humorous tale with supernatural elements; it was all of this & much more. I love the warm , sometimes laugh-out-loud funny descriptions of family life & how Stella & her parents react to her unusual powers, but then the story develops into a much darker tale, challenging Stella to use her gifts to help others despite great risks to herself. It's a really absorbing read, combining so many genres - fantasy, coming-of-age, comedy - in a unique way. I too am looking forward to many sequels!

by Anne Murray

By Cake Obsessed "Bite Me" (Kings Langley, UK)
I am not quite sure how to explain this fantastic book suffice to say that once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. Written in the first person, it is about a young girl coming to terms with her 'gifts' (flight, telepathy, telekinesis, and more). One moment you'll be laughing out loud and the next you'll be plunging head first into a mich darker world. Its touching, moving, funny and shocking all at the same time. Love Sci Fi, then you'll love this. Love strong character-lead drama, then look no further. Want something fresh and new, it's right here. I love this book. 5 stars from me!

by Sam Pilling

5/5 stars

This is a FAB read, have recommended it to four friends and they all loved it!
The story gripped me and drew me in in the first chapter - hope there is a sequel or another book by Marilyn Messik she's a first rate writer!

by Denise Raymond

5/5 stars

For a fast paced gripping read look no further than Marilyn Messik’s Relatively Strange. Marilyn’s debut novel takes us into the mind of Stella a young girl struggling with the fact that her’s is no ordinary mind.

A melting pot of Alan Bennett, Steven King and Aldus Huxley Relatively Strange combines soft almost cosy writing with a supernatural, ‘Brave New World’ plot.

The story reaches a climax as Stella and her cohorts discover some rather disturbing experiments going on in the depths of Oxford. I thoroughly enjoyed Relatively Strange and would recommend to any one looking for something out of the ordinary.

Looking forward to a sequel!

Katie Waistell author of How to Leave a Bully

by Katie Waistell

5/5 stars

Brilliant enthralling read. Lost the first 3 days of my holiday as I couldn't put it down!! Loved the way it's written, not just another magical powers book, it's so much more. I'm 47, but my daughter 20 has now stolen it off me to read too - so it works for all who love a good read that is a little bit different.

There had better be a sequel on it's way... get writing Marilyn Messik!!

by Mrs N J Fisher

Martina Vanickova

I simply love a strong female heroine, so I thoroughly enjoyed Marilyn's novel. Her writing is very evocative, it brought me to wonderful places, I felt at home, smelled the chicken soup, felt the air on my skin while flying. I cannot wait for the sequel, so I can go for another adventurous journey with Stella.

by Martina Vanickova

Marilyn Messik

A regular feature and fiction writer for national magazines when her children were small; Marilyn set up her first business, selling toys, books and party goods - initially from home - before opening first one shop then another.

When she sold the shops, she moved into the travel market, focusing on accommodation in New England, USA. Her niche Advisory, Planning and Booking Service - sourcing unique hotels, country inns and B&Bs – flourished and she concurrently set up a publishing company, producing an annual, full-colour Accommodation Guide.

The success of the service and the guide led to speaking invitations at industry conferences across the U.S. and a place on the board of various professional bodies. Her accommodation guide was eventually bought out by Thomas Cook Publishing.

In 2007 she set up Create Communication, a copywriting consultancy, to help businesses shape their messages to optimum effect. She now spends her time writing website texts; press releases and leaflets as well as creating business strategies and working on book publishing projects with clients.

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