Our House: A short story

Rated 4.00/5 based on 1 reviews
A serial killer receives a warning he should heed, from his last victim.

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Words: 3,580
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465837103
About Laura Susan Johnson

Laura Susan Johnson has been writing since the age of eleven, cutting her teeth on stories of the family dogs and cats. She has written two novels: CRUSH and BRIGHT and three short stories, BURDENS, OUR HOUSE and COLD FOOT. All of these projects are now available here at Smashwords. CRUSH is also available in print at Beaten Track Publishing.

She is currently working on another short story entitled OLD CARS and recently completed her second novel, BRIGHT. She lives in Idaho, Oregon, Arkansas and California.

Inspired by gay couples she took care of in her career as a hospice nurse, Laura Susan began penning her novel CRUSH in August 2010.

Laura Susan has applied much of her own life experience to her characters in CRUSH and BRIGHT. She is now working on her third novel, ARMOUR (Aug. 2016).

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Review by: Michelle MacIsaac on March 09, 2013 :
This is a very violent and upsetting short story about a woman who is raped and tortured by a serial sadist/killer. It's too real for me to want to read it ever again. I would give it a lower rating if not for the ending, which {SPOILER} could be one of the most justified endings I've ever read. It's too real and too brutal up to the end. The violence isn't overly done and the tale is told from the victim's pov, which makes it easier to bear and gives you a character to care about even though her fate is apparent from the first. Like all victims of evil, she will go on to better things while the evil killer will receive his "reward" in due time. I don't know if this kind of thing could garner a readership. Then again, Alice Seibold's novel The Lovely Bones is a similar work, with a murder victim becoming the heroine. The author of this story makes "Amelia" a hero even though I would have liked more explanation about how her demeanor contributed to the mistakes her killer makes that get him captured and brought to proper justice.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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