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Cousin Calls by Zeb Haradon






A college student reluctantly attends a family chili cookout that turns into a never ending nightmare. A man desperate for job skills uses a brain implant to help him learn, but it malfunctions and leaves him sexually attracted to shadows. A private investigator is hired to discover who keeps befouling the walls of convenience store bathrooms. Two deer engaged in combat find that they are unable to unlock from one another’s antlers after the fight is over. A single mother spends 2020 battling an evil landlord, a fascist neighbor, national political chaos, and a global pandemic. These are the strange stories told by regulars at the local bar on Christmas Eve, stories which each began with a phone call from someone who announced β€œyou don’t know me, but we’re cousins.”


This is a sort of anthropology book. It has about four stories in total told to a guest during a Christmas Eve at a bar. The guy had called a cousin call saying “you don’t know me but we’re cousins.”

From there, every member of the bar tells him their cousin call story. They are all different stories but one thing is common. A Cousin Call is a disaster. A bad luck!
Most are hilarious and very interesting. The book has a unique storyline, amazing characters and a steady pacing. My favorite among the stories was the last one, about Jane and her son. It was very funny seeing how douchebag Dave was indeed a douchebag to both of them.

I think it would be perfect to have a book 2 seeing as the book ended in a cliffhanger.

Totally recommend to mystery and comedy lovers.

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