Author: Tim Kizer
Genre: suspense novelette
Target audience: adults
Why I read it: I was contacted by the author some time ago; he was kind enough to send me a link to the excerpt of this short story, published on the Internet. After reading it I agreed to write an impartial review and then I was sent the full text for free.
A woman called Leslie thinks somebody tries to poison her at work. One of her female colleagues. Plenty of people, her boss among them, think she is mad. She is looking for the answer on her own, helped sometimes by her boyfriend. She finds what she wanted to find but not without paying a price for it.
What I liked:
- – the plot was planned well and fast paced enough to keep you interested
- – the main character, Leslie, was a kick-ass girl
- – the suspense factor kept me curious
- – the ending was original
- – reading it was a breeze
What I didn’t like:
- – the psychological background of main characters was not sufficiently exposed (in my very humble opinion of course, well, I guess the text was too short)
- – some dialogues I found rather stiff
- – if you like this game you can easily find some holes in the plot (well, I must admit I am one of these nerds)
I don’t like novelettes, I prefer longer stories or series but this one surprised me very nicely. I think the author has growth potential. His ideas are fresh and his narration flows easily but I would like to see more psychology behind the madness (if possible).
You see? I can write short reviews too!