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Recalculating (Kindle Single): An eShort Story Kindle Edition
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Despite some evil doing and menace appropriate for Halloween, this is really a lighthearted romp of a story, told by a writer who seems to be a natural at spinning a straightforward tale and who is very good at keeping things moving headlong toward a satisfying conclusion. Satisfying, especially, for the women readers; not so much so for the men.
There are many things implausible scattered throughout like old shoes left lying around but they really don't distract from the fun of it all, not really.
Tom is verbally abusive to Maureen, a suburban mom in her fifties, who has put up with a lot of cruelty during the couple's long time together. He also attacks her physically but he has never hit her. Tom pinches. And his pinches are by no means love tweaks. Maureen has the deep purple bruises to prove it.
The Stephen King moment comes after Tom has been dispatched from the scene and Maureen finds a box with her name on it tucked away in the attic next to the Halloween stuff. The story's title refers to the GPS unit wrapped nicely inside the gift box with a card that reads simply "Love always, Tommy." A gift from the grave that can talk and give directions. You can only imagine what happens next.
"Recalculating" is a story that's spooky not scary. It gets an adult rating for some of the language (coming from Tommy, of course), but all the chills are mixed in with the gentler jibes. Despite the treachery, you'll have some good natured fun cheering for Maureen. In the end, the story is as sweet as the single piece of chocolate covered caramel Maureen unwraps and pops in her mouth.
All in all, I'm glad I gave it a shot.
After seeing an announcement on twitter of a new Jennifer Weiner book, I mad a dash to look for it and even after hearing it was a short story - I immediately purchased the nookbook and read it right then and there.
A story about a woman who has withstood abuse in the most unusual way from her husband for years and years, she finds the strength to overcome the abusive hold he has on her in more ways than one. I was sucked in at page one and at the end, I was hoping for more which is exactly how a short story should be. With a moving story, you weren't disappointed by the length, but I wanted more and more.
For just under a buck, it is worth a trip to Amazon to read the latest by Jennifer Weiner.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read with a surprising twist. You are pulling for the main character during her struggles. Part of the story gave me goosebumps!Published 2 months ago by Linda B Horrell
I like this author but this story was too dark for me. I think readers loved it or hated it. The character was abused & taunted and did virtually nothing about it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by loveamazon
I REALLY ENJOYED this short.I thought it was inventive ,creepy and humorous and that the characterizations were in depth considering the brevity. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cm
This is a gritty story about addiction--I enjoyed it but I wouldn't think it would be for everyone. It's a quick, easy read with a surprise ending. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jojo0826
I'm a Jennifer Weiner fan. This story was ok. I liked how Maureen finally did away with her dirt-bag husband. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Leanne
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