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Short Story Sunday: Dear Aylissa

Today I am sharing my review of the short story Dear Aylissa by E.J. Bennett.

Author: E.J. Bennett
Published: October 14, 2017
5000 words on Kindle

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: October 19, 2017
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Short Story Description from Amazon:

Hazel dedicates her life to helping children. A social worker who see’s difficult children everyday. When she unexpectedly ends up with a young girl in her care, Hazel deep down thinks something is wrong.

It isn’t long before she learns the truth. Hazel sets out on a mission. But can she complete her goal or will unforeseen circumstances stand in her way?

Jessica’s Review:

E.J. Bennett is back with another short story for us this Halloween!  Last year it was Find Me and this year it is Dear Aylissa.  She also released another short story House of Horror in February this year.  Dear Aylissa is a short story at just over 5000 words and it delivers!  You have to have talent to be able to write a short story that keeps the reader on their toes and has a beginning, middle, and conclusion.  E.J. Bennett accomplished that!  I was pulled in from the beginning and read it during my lunch break.  Her descriptions are spot on and I could picture everything as I was reading Dear Aylissa!

Dear Aylissa is a well written short story and I didn’t know what direction it was going. It is a good scary Halloween story.  Even with the story being as short as it was, I liked and identified with Hazel: She has a difficult job, is 30 and still single; I did not meet my husband until I was 30.

Since it is such a short story, I won’t say much as I don’t want to give anything away. If you like scary short stories then give this one a try!

Dear Aylissa is recommended.

I received a copy from the author for a review.  Thank you E.J.!

Purchase Links:

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Dear-Aylissa-J-Bennett-ebook/dp/B076GSLZ69/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508495251&sr=8-1&keywords=Dear+Aylissa

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dear-Aylissa-J-Bennett-ebook/dp/B076GSLZ69/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508495993&sr=8-1&keywords=Dear+Aylissa

Where There’s Smoke


Author: Jodi Picoult
40 pages in Google Play Books

Published: May 19, 2014
Date Read: Febraury 26, 2017

My Rating: 4 Stars

Short Story Summary from Amazon:

Even as a child, Serenity Jones knew she possessed unusual psychic gifts. Now, decades later, she’s an acclaimed medium and host of her own widely viewed TV show, where she delivers messages to the living from loved ones who have passed. Lately, though, her efforts to boost ratings and garner fame have compromised her clairvoyant instincts. When Serenity books a young war widow to appear as a guest, the episode quickly unravels, stirring up a troubling controversy. And as she tries to undo the damage—to both her reputation and her show—Serenity finds that pride comes at a high price.

My Review:

Where There’s Smoke is the short story introduction to Serenity Jones, a psychic. I found the premise interesting and saw it was just .99 on the Google Play Store, which is free money for me since I participate in the Google Rewards surveys. I always get books with the money I earn from the surveys.

Serenity also has two spirit guides who are entertaining to say the least. And temperamental too! Serenity has a war widow on her show who is hoping to speak to her husband. Things go wrong and Serenity doesn’t know what to do. Then she sees a politician on television whose child has gone missing, and she decides what to do next.

Serenity is also a character in the novel Leaving Time. I would be interested in reading that novel now, which is the point to a short story. Jodi did what she was intending in this case by writing this short story. This is the first I have read by Jodi Picoult although I have several of her novels. I own Mercy, My Sisters’ Keeper, Plain Truth, and will very soon own Small Great Things. I now plan to buy Leaving Time.

Have you read any of these? Which should I read first? Are there any others of hers you recommend? I have heard Nineteen Minutes is one to read.

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House of Horror

Author: E.J. Bennett
28 pages in Kindle

Published: 2/16/2017
Date Read: 2/19/2017

My Rating: 4 stars

Short Story Summary from Amazon:

When Mathew Hansen first heard the disembodied voice of a woman through the wall of his new London flat, he thought he imagined it. Mind playing tricks, in a flat that settled and creaked like an old woman. Or maybe too much booze fuelling his nightmares.

The voice couldn’t be real; just the wind, moving around the old Victorian house.

Besides, his bangable neighbour Amanda couldn’t hear the strange chanting sounds. She was just messing with him when she said she did. A little payback for sleeping with her and never calling her back.

It must be his imagination.

Right?

My Review:

Matthew is a player as he brings home a different woman nightly and throws them out as soon as he is done with them. He begins hearing things in his flat and it progressively gets worse. He goes to his next door neighbor Amanda for help who also happens to be a previous conquest of his. I won’t say much more than this as it is a short story and don’t want to give too much away.

I did not know what direction E.J. Bennett was going to go with House of Horror. I did enjoy it as with the horror in the story there is also a lesson to it.

I look forward to reading more by E.J. Bennett.

**I received an arc copy from the author.

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