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Carol Walsh, overprotective and pessimistic by nature, returns home late at night to find her daughter isn't there. When she is unable to contact her, Carol succumbs to her own fatalistic thoughts.

A short story giving two different points of view of the events of a single night. More

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Words: 2,050
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476035994
About M T Mathieson

The youngest of four children, I was born in North Kent forty-something years ago and that is where I lived, on a council housing estate, for the first twenty-five years of my life.

When I was nine or ten years old, I was fortunate enough to encounter that precious thing, a wonderful teacher, who planted the seed of possibility that writing was something I could do. I caught the writing bug. It was a love that stayed with me throughout my childhood.

Unfortunately, where I grew up, work was in short supply and getting a job, any job, was the prime concern of most school leavers who wanted to make something of their life. I gave up all ideas of writing in favour of getting a "proper job" and started work in a factory the day before I officially left school at 16.

I've never been afraid of hard work and, by God, I worked hard at getting better work. It paid off. Through the years I've worked as a typist, Assistant Company Secretary, IT Manager and Property Manager. Now I work in the state education system, supporting children with Special Educational Needs. It's the worst paid job I've ever had but probably the most rewarding.

It took many years before I started putting pen to paper again and still more before I made the decision to publish. It is a decision I haven't regretted. My only regret is that I didn't do it sooner.

These days, I live in the East of England countryside, where I enjoy a long and ever changing list of hobbies while avoiding all things domestic, usually with great success.

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Review by: Stacey on Nov. 15, 2012 :
Nice story only thing is I had a reread the ending a few times.
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Review by: J.S. Clark on Aug. 03, 2012 :
Very effective thriller. Had the sense from the beginning that things were not all as they should be, and the nonchalant, real life prose make you want to scream "pay attention!" to Mathieson's characters. By the end I was definitely involved.

On the other side, I was a little bit jarred at first by the in-text txting. It just sort of a hiccup. The format took a little getting used to, the way it breaks the text. By the end the function adds to the tension, but I'm on the fence about whether it might have been better as txting as dialogue or just in a line rather than block.

Very good.
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Review by: Sarah H on Aug. 03, 2012 :
Hahaha I loved this! It goes from terrific writing to the sloppy, realistic text message grammar. The story might be short but it gave me goosebumps. Super well done for such a short story!
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Review by: Karen Reckard on Aug. 01, 2012 :
Really good short thriller! Loved it!
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