Five Rows Back: A Short Story

Rated 4.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Melissa doesn't have friends. Her OCD and constant counting has made her an outcast in school. So, when she finds the man who forcefully took away her innocence, she seeks revenge the only way she knows how.

Praise for "Five Rows Back" - Top 12 Finish, The Inlander Short Fiction Contest 2012, Theme: The End
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  • Category: Fiction » Coming of age
  • Words: 2,450
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781301275991
About Dan Kolbet

Dan Kolbet lives in Spokane, Washington with his two daughters. He is a former newspaper editor and reporter. Kolbet currently works on the West Coast.

Kolbet's literary works include the corporate espionage thriller, Off The Grid (2011), and Don't Wait For Me (Nov. 2012), a gripping tale of love, loss and new beginnings. Kolbet prides himself on writing stories that invite a reader in and hold their attention. If you enjoy wasted prose and needless opining, look elsewhere.

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Graham Downs reviewed on Nov. 21, 2013

I really enjoyed this little story of a girl who suffers from (presumably) OCD. She is obsessed with, and consequently stalks, a man on a bus, and everything she does has to be in a number divisible by five.

Why she's stalking the man is surprising, and the ending is very good. This is a well written book that really gave me pause and made me think.
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Mandie Mims reviewed on Jan. 15, 2013

Five Rows Back is a short story that packs a serious emotional punch. Melissa is a teenage girl struggling to fit in, perhaps more so than most due to obsessive compulsive disorder. It's hard to make friends when you're counting everything all the time. Just when she thinks she's found someone she connects with, her trust and innocence are ripped away. All Melissa can focus on is revenge; she thinks that is the only way she can go back to being who she was before. The only reason I'm not giving this story 5 stars is because it ends very abruptly, and I wish it were just a bit longer! However, 5 Rows Back is excellent, and I look forward to reading more by Dan Kolbet.
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Haneen Ibrahim reviewed on Jan. 4, 2013

Wow! I loved it. Beautifully sad and right from the first line your sucked into the story. I really loved Melissa and related to her, both as a women and a mild OCD sufferer myself. If only the ending was different. But still a great very short story.
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