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- Publication Date: January 25, 2018
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- Language: English
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It is apparent the girls relied on one another for support during difficult times. Mary-Jo had been writing letters to Shelby telling her about Ricky, her boyfriend. Much like Shelby and Mary-Jo, he was an outcast, an outsider from the town. Now Mary-Jo is missing and Ricky is suspected of killing her. He had already been a suspect in the deaths of his mother and her lover when their trailer caught on fire and they perished.
When she arrives at the trailer shared by Ticky and Mary-Jo, the young man is less than welcoming. He wastes no time in letting Shelby know her friend felt abandoned when the young woman left town. Their conversation is interrupted when the police burst in to arrest Ricky. In spite of his coolness toward her, Shelby speaks up in his defense.
Shelby s shocked to discover another person from her past was now Sheriff of the town. Rawden Hughes is arrogant and Shelby is uneasy around him because she “owed him a favor”. Once Ricky has been taken away in a police car, Shelby sets out walking to her father’s house.
Her father is an alcoholic who has let his appearance go over the years. It seems he has stopped drinking. Like Ricky, he upbraids Shelby for abandoning Mary-Jo. However, he also tells her she was foolish to return to the town. In spite of her father’s lukewarm welcome, Shelby spends the night in her old room.
The next day Mary-Jo’s body is found in the river. When she discusses this with her father he expresses his belief that Ricky killed Mary-Jo. Despite Ricky’s less than warm greeting, Shelby believes he is innocent. She goes to the river where her friend’s body had been discovered and runs into Rawden Hughes. While he admits he hasn’t charged Ricky with the murder, he fully expects him to confess. They speak briefly about the debt she owes him although neither clarifies what he has done for her.
Next Shelby visits Mary-Jo’s family. Like everyone else, they believe Ricky is guilty of murder. Shelby makes it clear she feels Ricky is innocent. Avoiding an argument, she makes polite conversation before returning to her father’s house. She is stunned to find her father is drunk when she gets there. As they argue, her father grows more hostile until he tells her to leave.
Distraught she leaves the house and begins walking toward town. Soon Rawden sees her as he is driving past and offers her a ride. Shelby hesitates and the debt she owes Rawden along with what happened between them comes to the surface. Just as she resigns herself to getting into Rawden’s car Ricky shows up.
As the story progresses secrets from the past are revealed and Mary-Jo’s killer is revealed. This is a riveting story and I couldn’t set it down until I finished. It moves quickly, and the tension builds rapidly. It is a well written and well-paced short story.
I highly recommend this novelette and look forward to reading more by Karen J. Mossman. I also plan to read more of the Electric Eclectic Novelettes since I have enjoyed everyone I’ve read so far.