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I liked this short story, believe it or not
on February 24, 2012
I'm always surprised when readers say they're disappointed with a "book" because it's too short when it's really a short story, and with readers who say if they'd known it was a short story they wouldn't have bothered. Usually the description says it's a short story and on the front of the cover picture, it also says it is a short story. I love books best of all, but I've gotten to like the short story form an awful lot, too. Karin Slaughter has written one as a Kindle Single and the first chapter of her book, Fallen, is included.
"Thorn in My Side" is on the strange side and at times is a bit disturbing, but considering that the two brothers in the story are conjoined twins, one good and one not so good, their actions are going to be fitting and bothersome at times. These two who are the opposites of each other get themselves in a heap of trouble one night when the wilder, loves-to-party-and-dance twin wants to go out and of course, the other one has no choice but to go along. They can only hide what they do for so long.
The dialogue is sometimes funny, but often very hurtful towards the good twin. I found the story entertaining and didn't expect it to be a work of literary fiction, and it isn't. Karin Slaughter writes very good thrillers that I always enjoy, and this short story was, in my opinion, worthy of three stars.