There is an eerie glow in coming undone. It is a raw, honest, vulnerable state, and no one is exempt. No matter what falling apart looks like to you – a tear, words you cannot take back, instant gratification through substance or some type of emotional release – we are all connected in that we all come undone. We have seen someone else fall to pieces, whether directly or indirectly.

Undone is a collection of short stories, essays, monologues and excerpts from novels, both released and soon-to-be released. This book was written to establish a connection between those who are oblivious, those who are numb, those who are searching desperately for a reason to come away from that lonely ledge. 

“I can hardly remember my wife storming back inside the bedroom, attacking me with her small fists, or threatening to call the police. And just as I had raised the razor strop, I felt cold steel at the back of my head. My wife spoke in a low steady voice: ‘No more.’

I knew she would never pull the trigger, and part of me dared her to do it. I wanted to wrap my hands around her neck and beg her to do it – to put me out of my misery. Instead, I dropped my fist. I released both of my daughters’ arms, which suddenly seemed so tiny in my hands. A monster – I am a monster.”

5.0 out of 5 stars Pick Up This Book!, September 3, 2013
This review is from: Undone (Kindle Edition)
I took my time starting and finishing “Undone” by R.H. Ramsey because I wanted to savor every story. I had previously read snippets of Ms. Ramsey’s work as well as her consistent blog posts and Facebook/Twitter updates.I enjoyed Undone because each story encapsulated a very distinct character and space in time. It was like a literary magnifying glass into each character’s life, emotions and circumstances. You don’t often get that in a short story.

Most authors are so busy trying to cram the story together that they forget the details. Ramsey is a master of painting the scene and making the characters step right off the page. I have already purchased Ms. Ramsey’s novel “Just Beneath the Surface” and will be starting it soon.

I also am eagerly awaiting the release of “Just Beneath the Surface II’. I am and always will be a fan of R.H. Ramsey’s work, and I’m sure you will be too.”

4.0 out of 5 stars Many Souls Undone Indeed, September 5, 2013
This review is from: Undone (Kindle Edition)
I received an advanced reader copy of this book months ago and I was vastly impressed by the author’s gift for dialogue. The exchanges are powerful and really pull the reader into the emotions at hand. As in her previous work, I still wish she would add in a little scenery once a while. Scenery adds a realism that dialogue lacks and I think it’s probably the one thing her writing is missing, which is hard to say, since her writing is so powerful.I enjoyed Kendall’s monologue, although it got a little rushed at the very end where she’s saying where she sees them in ten years. Slowed down, the poignancy of what she’s trying to say would really hit the reader. It was also intriguing to read Spencer’s monologue, to see the abuse from the perspective of the abuser.

My Mother’s Shadow, from Olive’s point of view, was amazing, probably my favorite. I enjoyed Reggie’s half of the story as well. The excerpt of Where Were You, and the short stories Oxytocin and Two Green Chairs, were all exemplary pieces. The collection is a really excellent representation of Ms. Ramsey’s writing and her gift for delving into broken human psyches and portraying their words and actions so masterfully.

5.0 out of 5 stars Masterfully Crafted, April 17, 2014
This review is from: Undone (Kindle Edition)
Undone is a collection of short stories and essays by R.H. Ramsey. I love Ms. Ramsey’s lyrical writing style, which made this book a delight to read.Her skillful use of words, scenery and imagery drew me into each story…into each character’s life. So much so that I had to look away a couple of times, due to the intensity of what one character was experiencing. Ms. Ramsey handles her subject matter delicately, and with an ability to humanize the ‘antagonist’.

I loved this book and I’m hoping she will turn a few of these stories into full-length novels, because Undone left me wanting more.

Great job, R.H!!

 5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling collection of Short Stories!, February 17, 2014
By Lori Zalewski (Illinois, USA) –
This review is from: Undone (Kindle Edition)
Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews!Undone is a compelling collection of short stories, book excerpts, and character monologues by RH Ramsey. As a whole, Undone masterfully displays Ramsey’s graceful writing style, her amazing skill for writing dialogue, and her stunning storytelling ability. If you have shied away from reading Ramsey’s stories due to her dark physiological edge, which examines domestic violence, reading Undone is a perfect way to introduce yourself to Ramsey’s engrossing stories.

The works in this collection cover a multitude of emotions: fear, anger, pain, loneliness, and regret. Each story in Undone captivates as the suffering of the main character is slowly peeled away, leading to the stunning conclusion. I thoroughly enjoyed the monologues of Kendall and Spencer—the main characters of Just Beneath the Surface I—and being in their heads since I’ve already read their story. In addition, I absolutely loved the excerpts from the upcoming release Where Were You. I can’t wait to see how these characters lives will intersect and what the ramifications will be. I will definitely read this story when it is released. Although I really enjoyed all of these short stories, “Two Green Chairs” is my favorite because of the twist at the end that I didn’t see coming at all.

If you enjoy psychological thrillers with memorable and engrossing characters, you will definitely enjoy Undone and all of RH Ramsey other works.

I received an eBook copy of the book for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreakingly brilliant….., February 16, 2014
This review is from: Undone (Kindle Edition)
My heart breaks a little every time I read R.H. Ramsey’s work. What leads a person to address abuse, mental illness and addiction? It’s so easy not to talk about these tough topics, and yet they’re clearly issues that Ramsey seeks to bring to the forefront. The first short story of the novel, “Fist”, is a story of abuse told from the perspective of the abuser. Ramsey gives us pathology of a man who terrorizes his young daughters and wife. The rage of the abuser and fear of the children and the hints of brutality are soul ripping. The story is written with a beautiful flow that makes no excuse for this antagonist, but shows the helplessness of everyone involved.Undone: Excerpts, short stories and other musings is free form. The placement of the excerpts and stories feel random brought together by theme. The snippets of the novels chosen work well in this format. We meet Landon of Just Beneath the Surface II: Landon’s Story (Volume 2) at the start of his novel when he walks into his home to find his girlfriend strung out again and he wearily works to sober her up. Tying into that excerpt is a short story entitled “Oxycotin” which chronicles a young life absorbed by addiction. There is consideration given to theme and an inability to escape terrible and destructive situations that may have more in common than a reader may have originally thought.

“My Mother’s Shadow” tells the reader symbolically that bringing these issues to light opens them to the world and gives the reader hope in the poignant oppressiveness of the issue.

Ramsey’s stories are hard to read. They are raw, meaningful and intended to make a reader think and they accomplish that goal in spades. Hug your children tight and pick up Undone: Excerpts, short stories and other musings if you’re not sure Ramsey’s writing is for you and fall for her clean style and leave a bit of your soul behind.

 5.0 out of 5 stars A Vivid Read!, December 8, 2013
This review is from: Undone (Kindle Edition)
As I read Ms. Ramsey’s excerpts of characters, I had chills run down my neck and on down my arms. The vivid details of struggles, sadness, heartache, abuse…. Flowed freely from her pen. I felt like a fly trapped inside a room and spying on someone’s most personal events. Events they wouldn’t want the world to know. These excerpts are so personal and intimate, it makes me want to find out more. The short story of ‘My Mother’s Shadow’ was an intense look into mental illness, as a woman often gave into her encouraging shadow. Other questions I had. (Why did Nora take in children when she clearly didn’t love them? Why was Christian’s mother the way she was? Why did Kendall feel she should love an abusive man? And many more.) Very detailed and intense. I would recommend reading Ms. Ramsey’s books.
 5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Harrowing Redemption, December 8, 2013
This review is from: Undone (Kindle Edition)
This is a collection of novel excerpts, stories, and vignettes. They are well written, concise, austere, and filled with genuine emotion. Most are dark, some harrowing. All are evocative, with a feeling of authenticity. Writing with this much feeling suggests that the author based it on personal experience and close observation; it took more than imagination, reading books, and popular entertainment. I may be wrong, but I believe one must have been there to know this difficult territory. Extra credit due for being able to present the material from multiple points of view.The selection is varied, but deals with common, universal themes: love, survival, regret, loss, family dysfunction. Some pieces are fragmentary, others more fully developed. An abused wife rationalizes her victimhood and an abusing husband his behavior, a young man rescues his fiancée from a drug overdose, a mother is angry at her son’s late night behavior, a man looks back with regret upon his difficult childhood, a young woman blames her brother for not protecting her from sexual abuse, and so on.

One bright sketch in this dark collection is SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL, in which the protagonist runs to “him” with apparent reciprocated love. I interpreted the object of this interest as the process of writing itself; that is, writing these harrowing tales as an act of redemption and positive in outcome.

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