Tuesday, 23 June 2015


4.5 out of 5 stars

Short story, psychological thriller

On Amazon UK HERE
On Amazon.com HERE

I downloaded this short story via Kindle Unlimited after reading a review of the audio version on another book blog, Between The Lines

Set in suburban Washington DC, Jack Tate is a recluse, a freelance illustrator who doesn't fit in with his neighbours.  When disaster strikes the local community, parents are looking for someone to blame.

At first I liked Jack Tate, and even when I started to think he was a bit odd I still sort of liked him.  I certainly didn't think he was as weird as his neighbours did...

This is a long short story, took about forty-five minutes to read, I think.  Very sharp and well-written, clever, with a certain amount of dry wit and clues about the truth of the situation so subtle that it's easy to miss them.  I was on Jack's side, hating the small-minded, blinkered views of his neighbours.  I thoroughly enjoyed it, even taking my Kindle with me when I was making tea, etc, as I was so keen to keep reading.  I would have given it 5* if I hadn't guessed the twist about two thirds from the end; a good short story is all about the twist, is it not.  

I see the author has written lots of full length mysteries, too; I have just downloaded a compilation of more of his short stories.


  1. Glad you enjoyed it Terry. I always seem to miss the clues!

    1. Yes, it was great, thanks for that! As for guessing the twist - I think it might be because I write myself; I am subconsciously thinking, now, what would I do here...?!