- File Size: 1419 KB
- Print Length: 61 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: #667,703 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Little Dead Red Kindle Edition
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Already we are fully invested in the plight of this poor family as they must endure the worst that life can throw at them. Yardley does a wonderful job of making us care about Marie and Aleta and the grandmother, as we can’t help but find them instantly relatable. We have all had loved ones, or know someone who has had loved ones, who have found themselves in life-threatening situations in a hospital bed. And, given the horrifying events of their past, we are instantly rooting for Marie and Aleta to prevail. But this is, after all, a horror story.
Following Marie’s latest tragedy, she resolves to bring the wrong-doer, the “wolf”, to justice. Whether that is a justice sought in court or by her own hand is a decision that she must come to on her own terms. But, given the nature of the crime, she is desperate to avenge the family she has lost. And, with the assistance of an understanding and supportive police officer and his wife, she decides that, in order to catch a wolf, she must first think like a wolf. Yardley portrays Marie’s desperate situation with such heart, and Hempel hits all of the right emotive notes with his narration, that we are swept along on Marie’s quest for revenge, her journey into the heart of darkness, as she pursues the wolf.
What began as a fairy-tale soon descends into every mother’s worst nightmare, and the path to the ending is no summers day walk in the park. Yardley has crafted a tale that even the Brothers Grimm would find harrowing and disturbing. Full of the lyrical and powerfully descriptive prose that she is renowned for, Little Dead Red packs a gut-punch of beautiful horror. And Hempel delivers a haunting performance that will only enhance his reputation as one of the most versatile rising stars of audiobook narration. It is hard to believe the same narrator could deliver the action-packed, mix of humour and horror that is Adam Howe’s Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet. And yet here he captures the voice of Yardley’s distraught protagonist in such a moving and thoughtful way. Yet another high quality and exceptional offering from Crystal Lake Publishing, a publisher that is fast gaining a reputation for producing the very best in speculative fiction, in conjunction with Listen2aBook.com.
Mercedes M Yardley has clearly heard that too, her story is full of wolves that circle innocent little girls.
In this story, a little girl catches a bus to take some soup and goodies to her ailing grandmother in hospital. She never makes it to the hospital and she’s never seen alive again.
Her mother, Marie, is all alone in the world now and will do whatever it takes to find out what kind of human monster would murder a little girl in such a brutal fashion. She’s seen ‘wolves’ before, the kind who abuse children, and recognises the look of a person who’s prepared to do evil things to get their way. Now, she’s ready to become a ‘wolf’ herself and start dishing out the pain to make sure her daughter is avenged.
This story is dark and twisted, it’s brutal as it tells you of the pain a mother feels at knowing that her twelve-year-old daughter was torn apart. This is the kind of horror that you can’t really turn away from – it’s not zombies, demons or something that goes bump in the night – it’s the grief of a parent. Frankly, it’s the scariest thing I can think of.
Joe Hempel did an excellent job, keeping the pace going and packing in as much emotion as possible in an already dark and emotional story, I can’t imagine a better format for this story than in audio – Hempel is a talented storyteller and brought something extra to the table by narrating this.
I can’t give anything away but I beg that you listen to this story if you like dark fiction, it’ll blow your mind. The ending was like a sledgehammer between the eyes and will keep this book firmly stuck in my mind, possibly forever.
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The narration on the audiobook was very solid. Joe's a good fit for Mercedes style, both in the poetry of language, and the haunting feel to the story.
I did not see that ending. Wow, what a hard story to experience.
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