I Wouldn't Be Surprised: A Short Story Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 177 KB
- Publication Date : July 21, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 25 pages
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B08D6D1QHH
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,561,957 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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During am average meal, Janice starts an ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if’ dialogue in fun, each outrageous statement containing one-upmanship leaps from the last. Dinner conversation entertainment until unexplained events start happening. The first incident began the intense thrill ride.
“opening narration of an old crime show, Dragnet. “This is the town, Greenville, California. It is a sleepy mountain community where people still leave their doors unlocked. It was a Saturday, April 18, at 11:30 p.m., when an uninvited guest walked down the dark, football-field-length driveway. The unidentified person carried a circular item. They proceeded to place what appeared to be a foil-covered plate on the back corner of a truck and retreated into the night…”
Author Finn captures readers with her creative imagination, hooking them all the way to the last page. A meal conversation that ends up so scary. A delightful mix of ghosts, angels, red-eyed evildwels, and spine-tingling mystery. Once you begin, you must finish. Recommended for lovers of horror, but high school and above. I can envision my nightmares in my restless sleep tonight.
It’s not long before all kinds of things begin happening. Janice feels as if she’s being watched, she discovers a grave in the backyard, he cell phone stops working…
I don’t want to give away the plot, but I will say this book packs a powerful punch in a few pages. If you like paranormal thrillers, this book is for you.
Anyone who’s ever said, “I wouldn’t be surprised…” is going to think twice about uttering that phrase again. While enjoying a quiet evening in their new home—a secluded sanctuary in the middle of the woods—Janice turns her musings into a little game, always trying to one-up her last statement.
It’s a benign way to pass the time. Until her statements start to come true. Cue an escalating series of events that gives new meaning to “things that go bump in the night.” You may try to guess what’s going on, but your imagination probably isn’t that fertile. Finn delivers a surprising and frightening tale that will have you racing to the end to see what happens.
So glad to learn this is part of a series. I’d love to read more. And I suspect anyone else who reads this will feel the same.
After that, the oddities multiply. It's hard to say much without giving away the plot, but I found all the strange things that kept happening, and the sense of steadily mounting danger to be very well done. When Janice finds herself alone in the house, circumstances go from eerie to outright menacing. Elements of the supernatural combine with an old mystery for a satisfying conclusion. I could also see this becoming a ongoing series. I read this over a lunch break and was sad when it ended. Well-written and suspenseful!
I’ve read other books by DL Flinn and think this would make a great prequel to her world of ghosts, red-eyed evildwels, and angels. Janice and Dale’s story continues beyond this short read, and I liked learning how it all began. A quick tale for readers of paranormal thrillers and for fans of Finn’s evildwel-based fiction.
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NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.
5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.
Hapless Janice and Dale are thrust into a dangerous game of cat and mouse seemingly overnight, starting with an innocent gift of cookies left in their front yard. Things snowball as more 'gifts' are left, along with ominous notes, and soon creepy figures start stalking Janice in more than an intimidating manner.
Events escalate to unbelievable proportions, culminating in a revelation that ties in beautifuly with other works by D.L. Finn (though you needn't have read them to fully enjoy "I Wouldn't Be Suprised".).
The moral of the tale is, be careful what you say...you never know how your words might be taken!