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Short Story Sunday: The Father Does Not Die at the End by Adam Silvera

The Father Does Not Die at the End
Series:
Death-Cast

Author: Adam Silvera
Published: November 1, 2022
42 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: January 2, 2023
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Jessica’s Review:

The Father Does Not Die at the End is the short story fans of They Both Die have been waiting for! It was recently published with the special Collector’s Edition of They Both Die at the End and continues the story with Mateo’s father coming out of his coma and finding out what happened to his son.

I was conflicted with reading it as I have been anticipating this short story, but knew it would become emotional as it deals with a father finding out his son has passed away (and how)  while being in a coma. And it was emotional. Silvera masterfully captured Maeto “Teo” Torrez’s emotions and feelings while continuing the story. Though sad, the ending was still optimistic. I had read that Silvera wants to continue in the world of Death-Cast and he has this reader (among many others) that will definitely be reading those!

Purchase Links for the Collector’s Edition:
Amazon US
Barnes and Noble

 

Short Story Sunday: Tell Her Story by Margot Hunt

Tell Her Story
Author: Margot Hunt

Main Narrator: Dakota Fanning
Published: May 5, 2022
Audiobook:
2 hours 52 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To: December 29-30, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Paige Barrett was living her dream as a journalist in New York City, racking up bylines as a staff writer at The Razor, a cutting-edge online magazine. But when she’s suddenly fired from her job and dumped by her boyfriend, she finds herself back home in the quaint seaside town of Shoreham, Florida, waiting tables and living in her sister’s guesthouse.

Restless and itching for something meaningful to occupy her time, she decides to launch a true-crime podcast about the death of Jessica Cady, a beloved teacher who died mysteriously 20 years earlier. The case went cold with no leads and no suspects, but the more Paige digs into the woman’s death, the closer she comes to a killer. In a small town like Shoreham, it’s impossible to keep a secret forever.

Jessica’s Review:

This was the last short audiobook I listened to in 2022. It was short at under three hours and I really enjoyed it!

We have a young and disgraced former journalist who is convinced by her sister to start a podcast featuring the cold case of a 20-year-old murder of a much-loved teacher in her hometown. And of course, she gets in over her head the further involved she gets. 

I really enjoyed this short story and liked Paige. I was fully involved in her journey to hopefully solving this long cold case.  Tell Her Story is currently only available in audio format and I feel that is the way it should be ‘read’ or listened to. We go on Paige’s journey of ‘whodunit’ with her and then part of the audiobook is the podcast. Dakota Fanning is our main narrator and she did a very good job portraying Paige.

This is a short story, so it was fast paced and I never lost interest in it. The farther Paige went in her research the more she discovers and she then finds herself involved in a way she never expected.  The podcast angle with the unexpected popularity adds to the danger and also shows how different our world is now than just 20 years ago when this murder happened.

I would be interested in looking at more of Hunt’s novels.  This was a good introduction to her for me.  

Purchase Links: Please note this one is only available in audio format currently.
Amazon US 
Amazon UK

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Short Story Sunday: Uncharted Waters by Sally Hepworth

Uncharted Waters
Series: Getaway #1
Author: Sally Hepworth

Narrator: Candice Moll
Published: August 31, 2022
Audiobook: 1 hour 44 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Listened To: October 21, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 1 star

Book Description:

“Speak your truth.” An icebreaker leads to unintended consequences for two strangers aboard a luxury yacht in this seductively twisty short story by the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Sister.

When Ella boards a sumptuous charter off the coast of Australia, she feels…dread. Her husband, Mac, the social butterfly who makes these wellness retreats so much easier to navigate, is stuck at work, leaving her exposed to the other passengers. Luckily, she forms an instant bond with the charismatic Chloe, a newly single woman salving a broken heart. But as the friendship grows, Ella discovers they share more than the need for an escape, and their devastating connection has the power to forever alter their lives.

Uncharted Waters by Sally Hepworth is part of Getaway, a collection of six stories about dream escapes that take unimaginable, even sinister, turns. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single sitting.

Jessica’s Review:

I wasn’t prepared for the direction this short story went in. It was unpleasant in several areas for me. The only reason I continued it was that I would not have been able to get something else in during my commute, and I really regret it. This short story is not typical of Hepworth’s  novels that I have read and enjoyed in the past. It is described as a thriller but it is not:  It is all about cheating on the part of both spouses. We have a FF (female/female) affair story here.  This short story was not for me at all and if this had been my first experience with Hepworth I would not continue her full length novels. She was the whole reason I went for this short story in the series first and was very disappointed.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US 
Amazon UK

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