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Life is good for Patrick and his wife of eight years, Sam, until the night when Patrick finds Sam naked and trembling in the corner. He addresses her by name and she screams out, “I’m not Sam!” Who she is, she claims, is Lily, and, judging by her behavior, she’s about five years old. A trip to the hospital confirms there is nothing physically awry—so who the hell is Lily? This is a novella-length work, but the authors wring out more than enough awkwardness, as Patrick watches his sexy and confident wife pouting for candy, picking her nose in public, and having trouble wiping up after bathroom visits. It’s painfully clear early on how the plot is gathering steam: Patrick’s increasingly unbearable urge to make love to his wife, just like normal, even though now that might make him something of a pedophile. You’d expect nothing less from the provocateurs behind The Woman (2012), whom you can almost hear giggling in the background at the reader’s discomfort. An epilogue provides some concrete answers—and delivers a well-needed climactic kick. --Daniel Kraus
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A novella that keeps building to a punch to the gut that you know you don't want to read. Luckily it doesn't come, that is till the short story after which lessens the impact but... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
Let's just say this wasn't exactly what I had expected. Reading the reviews made me think this was a psychological thriller/"horror" with a great twist delivered in the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by gbv4me
This book was recommended to me as "one of the most disturbing books" that the person recommending had read. Well, that got my attention! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ken
The story begins with a couple in their prime. Love is grande, sex is good, careers are soaring. Their pieces fit together so well. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mark Matthews
All of the violence in this book is psychological, all of the turmoil emotional. The novella proper is great, slow burning psychological drama, and the ending is intense, although... Read morePublished 20 months ago by MP Johnson
This book brilliantly presents one of the creepiest and most disturbing what-would-you-do scenarios ever. Not in the training for the zombie apocalypse sense. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Christine
Well written but I was hoping for more of a payoff at the end. Still, it was a good story that makes you cringe at the moral dilemma.Published 22 months ago by Rev.St.Huck