The Lucky One

Rated 3.33/5 based on 3 reviews
A Prize Winning Short Story.

An elderly woman is haunted by memories of her escape from the holocaust.

But how reliable are painful memories that have been kept at bay for over sixty years?

And at her time of life, what exactly is she searching for?
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Words: 3,850
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476366050
About Ray Kingfisher

Ray Kingfisher cut his writing teeth with many prize-winning short stories, the best of which are contained in 'Tales of Loss and Guilt', sixteen stories ranging from thrillers to comedies to dramas. Two of these, 'Guilt's Beady Eye' and 'The Lucky One', are available as standalone short stories, which are usually free.

The novels Ray has gone on to write are also wide-ranging in genre.

His debut novel was 'Matchbox Memories', a bittersweet comedy drama dealing with Alzheimer's, estranged families and long hidden secrets.
(That's right - a comedy about Alzheimer's disease.)

He followed this up with 'Slow Burning Lies', a dark and twisting psychological thriller about a man haunted by nightmares.

His third novel, 'Easy Money', was a ribald comic farce about a man who stumbles upon half a million pounds in used notes.

His most recent two novels are both themed around the Holocaust and its long-lasting effects.
'The Sugar Men', is about an elderly woman who survived Bergen-Belsen as a child, and traces her as she revisits the scene later in life in an attempt to come to terms with her memories. It's essentially a novel based on the short story 'The Lucky One'.
'Rosa's Gold' concerns a troubled young girl who stumbles upon the war memoirs of an old man who survived Auschwitz, and examines the effect his words have on her own life.

Ray hopes to write more thrillers and a third Holocaust novel in the future, but his next two novels will both be comedies which break new ground in radical silliness. Hopefully both will be released in 2015.

Ray lives in Hampshire, UK, and welcomes any feedback (positive or negative) his readers might wish to leave at: raykingfisher@gmail.com. Or see his website www.raykingfisher.com for more details.

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Reviews

Review by: Britt Oosterlee on July 05, 2013 :
Short story about second world war survivor; listed as prize winning, but I wasn't blown away by it.
Though the story in itself isn't bad, it's well written and has a good flow, I just found the story rather confusing. To me, it never really became clear what happened; was she abused? did the guard just let her go? The latter option seems highy unlikely, since he would have gotten in trouble for that, but it is what seems to have happened.
I also found it confusing that the story seems to describe gass chambers in the fragments from the woman's memory. The camp the woman visits is Bergen-Belsen, which was a holding camp, not a destruction camp, and it didn't have any gass chambers. So, if she was held in Bergen-Belsen, she can't have this memory. There are also other points in the story which just don't seem to match with historical fact.
It just feels a lot like the author wanted to write about the second world war, put in the common horror stories about death camps and never bothered to check his facts, which, personally, I find rather annoying, and for me makes the story rather odd, since the woman's memories just don't make sense.
Also, Hamburg looks nothing like New York.
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Review by: Delphine Cull on July 23, 2012 :
This is an engaging story on many levels. The conflict is interesting, the character fairly sympathetic. Somehow the story seems incomplete and could benefit from further development. I did enjoy it.
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Review by: Faye Hollidaye on July 22, 2012 :
A five star story, but not perfect. A great story worth reading!
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