I was sent this book for review for the purposes of #MysteryThrillerWeek, but this did not affect my opinions and reviews.
I love psychological thrillers and this one seemed right up my alley. I also don’t read nearly enough short stories, so I thought this was a perfect opportunity to pick one up. Did I like it? Let’s find out!
Nobody would call Jim Beresford pitiful. He has a perfect life. All traces of his once miserable childhood has been erased and best forgotten. He is successful, popular, rich, with a beautiful wife and three daughters. They were the love of his life.
Jim had it all. Until one day, everything he’s ever worked hard for crumbles into dust.
Poor Jim. There’s only one thing left to do….
Rating – PG-13 (Some violence)
Publication date – September 11, 2016
Length – 26 pages
- I enjoyed the set up to the climax of the story. From the first page I was interested in Jim, and in a short story it is so important to quickly make a connection with the reader.
- This really reminded me of an Agatha Christie mystery and we all know how much I love those. I don’t know if it was just because I read it recently, but this reminded me of Endless Night more than anything.
- I thought that the writing was really good, in this story. I know from experience that writing a short story that is introduces characters and ties up their story lines in less than 30 pages is crazy hard. I feel like Fry did that in a way that should be respected.
- Although I believe that the short story format was done well, I think this would have been better as a novella or even a full book. Psychological thrillers thrive on the little things that add up to the eventual climax and I think the “little things” in this seem huge due to the shortness.
- I liked the main character, but couldn’t get to know anything about anyone. It made the ending anticlimactic and I was disappointed about that.
I enjoyed this short story, but I wish it was a novella or a full length book.
Story – 4/5 (Really interesting and suspenseful)
Characters – 3.5/5 (It was too short to flesh them out.)
Writing – 4/5 (A well done short story.)
Uniqueness – 4/5 (I haven’t ever read a short story like this before.)
All in all I give this 3.9 Sexy Cleopatra Outfits out of 5!
What’s you favorite short story? I would love to know! Thanks for reading!
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