Jessica is an ordinary girl who comes across extraordinary circumstances and pays for them with her life. As well as identifying her body, her brother Simon then has to wind up her affairs but gets more than he bargains for. Who is Alexis, and why are Veronica and Daniel searching for her? Why is there a roll of cash in Jessica’s house, and what’s the connection between his sister and Alexis?
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It read like a dream, so much so, I finished it in virtually one sitting! Cwtched up in bed on Saturday night, I whizzed through it and loved every moment. Great escapism and a really enjoyable read, all rolled into a perfectly formed novella. It was only when I looked up after finishing it, that I realised how much time had passed, lost in the story the writer had created. For a few hours I was able to leave the world behind and all the political turmoil and get lost in an extremely readable story.
As for the story itself, it is a good old fashioned mystery. Not overly complicated, it starts from the premise, that from the death of one person the repercussions can reverberate out affecting so many people, especially when the death is tragic and unexpected. Jessica leads a double life, the strands of which begin to unravel after her death. The writer weaves all of the people affected by this in and out of the story and does so in imaginative ways. No thread is left unresolved and it makes for a very satisfactory read. There were a few characters I would have liked to get to know a bit better, what happens to Simon’s budding relationship for example, but this is a novella and therefore should be judged against how well the story was formed within the shorter narrative! The writer packs a lot into the story and does so both in an entertaining and enjoyable way and therefore it works. On top of that it is nice to be left wondering sometimes and not have everything tied up neatly at the end!
The story was exciting, addictive and very enjoyable. I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a short read that doesn’t compromise on story and entertainment.
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About the author
Morgen Bailey (Morgen with an E) is an author (of novels, short stories, writing and editing guides), freelance editor (for publishers and indie authors), writing tutor (in person and online), Writers’ Forum magazine ‘Competitive Edge’ columnist, blogger, speaker, and co-founder of Northants Authors. The former Chair of three writing groups, she has judged the H.E. Bates Short Story Competition, RONE, as well as the BBC Radio 2, BeaconLit, and Althorp Literary Festival children’s short story competitions. She also runs her own monthly 100-word competition. 2018 events include talks and workshops at Troubador’s Self Publishing Conference speakers, workshops and panels at Delapre Book Festival, interviewing and workshops at BeaconLit, and NAWG Fest with her ‘Editing your Fiction’ weekend residential course. Morgen can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and many others. Her blog is http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com, and email address email@example.com.