Michael Cozier has a writing style that is as curious as it is relatable. The stories draw you into a world you never knew existed and welcome you so you feel right at home. His fast paced narrative and sense of humor keep you moving right along with no lagging or slowing of the plot to bore you. Unlike other short stories that can rush the plot and expect you to just accept the harsh transitions, Cozier isn’t opinionated at all and guides you smoothly from scene to scene.
Cozier narrates with a charm reminiscent of an old-time story teller around a campfire that makes you feel like as if he is right in front of you. He may occasionally pause to explain something one would only know if one was raised in the West Indian culture and then resume seamlessly back to the story. Everyone I have encouraged to read one of his books can’t put it down after the first two pages. “It’s an amazing ride with twists and turns every corner that keeps you wondering ‘What’s next?’ ”
Every great author adds his own personal touch to his works to make them truly unique. Cozier’s use of authentic language and characters give you the “true island experience.” The characters are colorful with names that are funny and descriptive of their personality, such as “Big John”, “Mrs. Frost” (Boss Lady), and “Hop Sing” to name a few. I believe they probably came from people he knew growing up. As they go through their adventures I can feel what they feel as though I am in their footsteps. That’s real enough for me!
Many of his Cozier’s stories are under ten pages in length so you can get a quick read anytime. Take a 3 day vacation to the islands of the Caribbean on your lunch break, before bed, or with a loved one. Personally, I use his stories as a stress reliever. He leaves his stories with a twist that makes me smile and leaves me in a good mood every time.