Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Literary Fiction Review: The Connection Game by S.S. Turner

This morning, I have a unique story to share with our readers.  Check out literary fiction novel The Connection Game, read my thoughts on the book, learn about author S.S. Turner and enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book Title:  The Connection Game: A Novel by S.S Turner
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+) ,  272 pages
GenreLiterary Fiction
PublisherThe Story Plant
Release date:   Feb 2023
Content RatingPG: There’s some violence and a small bit of profanity.
"A one-of-a-kind tale ... a surprising and entertaining piece of work."
- Bill Fitzhugh, author of A Perfect Harvest.

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About the Book

Benny Basilworth makes connections. A rare intellect, he sees things that others don't see and draws conclusions that others completely fail to grasp. He has the kind of mind that can make a person a national sensation on the television gameshow "The Connection Game"– and the kind of mind that can be the target of predators.

Despite his brilliance, Benny and his family find themselves destitute, living in a basement apartment with one tiny window that affords them only the view of the feet of passersby on the street above. It is from this vantagepoint that Benny once again starts making connections. Mad, inconceivable connections. Connections that can change lives . . . and turn the entire world upside down.

​Humorous, surprising, wise, and remarkably perceptive, The Connection Game is a novel unlike any other and one that you are unlikely to forget.
My Review


The Connection Brings a Unique, Thought-Provoking Story to Readers. While this novel does have moments of sarcasm and witty dialogue--it takes readers on a rather uniquely dark and thought-provoking journey. From drawing (and crossing) a fine line between genius and lunatic to exploring human nature and the dynamics of a family challenged in various ways. This novel is part family drama and part psychological thriller--combined with troubling realistic looks at human nature and an element of almost dystopian fantasy. I left the book with some parallels to my real world that made me question my own delusional paranoia levels a little! 


The Connection Game is Impossible to Put Down. This story is not a happy look at life--though there are some brighter points in the story and glimmers of hope and happiness. Overall, this novel is rather dark and troubling. Readers explore Basilworth's story through the views and words of Bell--who was an affected observer of the window-watching addiction plaguing her family. Readers will be drawn to Bell as she tries to keep the family going--but will also be caught up in the connections and mystery surrounding Benny's self-imposed isolation and methodical, analytical views of the world.


Would I Recommend The Connection Game by S.S. Turner? I loved the author's writing style and the unique storyline he brought to this novel. I found myself creating parallels to our current world--the limited/guided/controlled views brought to us via our little social media "windows ."I also became firmly attached to the outcomes and relationships of the characters. If you enjoy psychological thrillers with slightly different views of human nature--this is a must-read.


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Meet the Author

S.S. Turner has been an avid reader, writer, and explorer of the natural world throughout his life, which has been spent in England, Scotland, and Australia. He worked in the global fund management sector for many years but realized it didn't align with his values. In recent years, he's been focused on inspiring positive change through his writing as well as trying not to laugh in unfortunate situations. He now lives in Australia with his wife, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and ten chickens. He is the author of one previous novel, Secrets of a River Swimmer.

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