- File Size: 1419 KB
- Print Length: 59 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing (December 21, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 21, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B019PE2UAO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,961 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This piece, another in a long line of immensely satisfying reads from Mercedes M. Yardley, is the darkest thing I read in 2015. Prose like a river sweeping you along, sweeping you under if you're not careful, It's an emotional journey of a mother seeking answers, purpose, revenge after the loss of her only child.
Like all of MMY's work the characters that populate this night terror twist on a fairy tale are flesh and blood and their essence spills upon the page, staining your fingertips. And Marie is the centerpiece, Happy Marie, Grim Marie. She hurts, and so do you. She makes irrational but emotional choices, and you support her, you encourage her. She falls apart, you are already in pieces.
The only thing you can do is get up and live. Beware the wolf.
Place little dead red on a playlist with your favorite bottle of hooch, Kyle M. Scott's "Where the Dead Ones Play" (formerly Protection) & Jonathan Winn's "Eidolon Avenue"
Zakk is a big dumb animal!
"Little Dead Red" is a retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood" and it is set in the present day. In short, Marie is a mother of a 12 year old daughter, Aleta, who is about to set out to take freshly made soup and other food to her grandmother, Marie's mother, at a nursing facility. She never makes it and the mystery of what happened to her is then unfolded in brilliant plotting and writing by Ms Yardley. Marie knew she had saved Aleta previously by discovering that her third husband had been abusing a much younger Aleta, and seeing to it that that husband was tried and convicted and was in jail. In her mind, Aleta was safe from the wolf who had abused her, but she knew that Aleta was very vibrant as she entered puberty and could attract many sorts of "wolves" in her daily life.
After two months missing, the police tell Marie, now called "Grim Marie" in the story, that they have found her daughter's remains. It is a horrible situation, the body has been ravaged by feral animals and very little remains of Aleta, but there is enough of Aleta's remains and her favorite bright red "hoodie" to make a positive identification.
Marie meets the policeman assigned to the case and he and his wife are extremely sympathetic and actually befriend Marie. In becoming close to the policeman's wife, Marie, noting and trusting both the policeman and his wife, speaks to the wife of her guilt at sending her daughter out while she indulged herself in a luxurious bath. It was during that time that Aleta was taken. I don't usually use actual quotes in my reviews but I want to make an exception here. I do this because it is a very surprising response by the wife, but is also a stellar example of Yardley's unique prose style, which is very sensual/erotic, even while describing or writing about the most gruesome/horrific of things. Here is the wife's response after Grim Marie has talked about her possible guilt, and wondered aloud about if having "Wolf's blood" (meaning the killer's should she hunt him down and kill him) on her hands could possibly ameliorate her guilt. With Marie expecting condemnation, Yardley describes her response: She simply looked Marie dead in the eye and said solemnly, “Darling, you are going through something no mother should ever have to go through. I see my husband pouring over papers and pictures and chasing after every scrap of information and evidence he can. He’s done things that keep him awake at night. But he’s a good man, and I love him.” Her eyes glittered in a way that reminded Marie of sharpened cutlery. It was the soft, sexy, slow slide of blade against skin. “If such things could absolve a person, then I would advise him, or her, to do as much as possible to make sure that tainted blood flows. Make it flow, dear one.”* I find, especially, the use of "sharpened cutlery" followed by sensual/sexual reference to using such cutlery to be an example of Yardley at her best. Adding to that effect is Yardley's ingenious use of alliteration. NO ONE I have read over the years can write with such sensuality.
From that point, the remainder of the story unfolds and what Grim Marie endures to catch the man she suspects is grim indeed. The book ends with a shock and I am not telling that as it would be a spoiler of epic proportion.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If I could I would give it ten stars out of five. It's that good, in this reviewer's opinion.
*Yardley, Mercedes M. (2015-12-21). Little Dead Red (Kindle Locations 251-255). Crystal Lake Publishing. Kindle Edition.
However, this is a stellar story, and, while I might have had a little trouble here and there, overall, it was a grim, dark, and delightful tale and it definitely has enticed me to check out the rest of the author's offerings. As you can tell from the review, I listened to the audio book version, but I DID enjoy the tale so much I bought it as well!
Marie is a mother, ex-wife, and an abused woman. She has a daughter named Aleta who goes missing running a simple everyday errand for her Mom. And it's that errand that haunts Marie.
You will be shocked by the actions of some of the characters in this story. If you are feint of heart? Prepare yourself!
I wish I could give this story 10 stars but only 5 are allowed. Read it and be amazed.
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