Back Again (The Short Story)

Rated 5.00/5 based on 5 reviews
Between life and death lies fate.

"Dawn had lost count of the number of times she’d lived through this. Every time it hurt as much as the time before. Eventually, she thought that she must become immune to the events, and that her heart wouldn’t shatter into a thousand, million pieces—
But it always did." More
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About Susan May

I was four when I decided to be a writer. For forty-six years, though I suffered from life-gets-in-the-way-osis. Cured in 2010, I now write in the speculative thriller genre (horror, science fiction, thriller, psychopaths, mystery, in the style of Stephen King). Since then I've published several novels including conceiving and co-project managing the Amazon #1 best-selling anthology "From The Indie Side".

I'm passionate about the art of writing the short story, and have written dozens of stories and novellas-many published award winners in Australia, USA and UK. I also pen book and film reviews and author interviews for US Suspense Magazine, as well as other popular Australian and International sites.

Most days I'm your average mother and wife living in Perth, Western Australia, but my twist thriller storylines I blame on my darn imagination that constantly ventures into the crevices of dark worlds, whether I want to go there or not.

I hope you enjoy my stories, if you do please spread the word.

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Review by: AnaBanana on Aug. 26, 2014 :
I won this book through the Member Giveaways in exchange for a review.

This novella was incredible!! A story that I will not soon forget. When I read the description I was a bit hesitant to try to win it, as my husband and I lost our first and only child 17 days after birth, and wasn't sure if it would hit too close to home. But the premise sounded so interesting that I decided to chance it. I am so glad that I did! Did it hit close to home once I started reading it? Yes, absolutely! Although the circumstances were different, the fact was that I and the main character, Dawn, still lost our son's. Yet the story grabs at you from the first word and does not let go. What a story!! I can't wait to read the book!! This was an extremely emotional story and your heart breaks for Dawn, the mother, as she tries to change the outcome over and over again. But any mother would do the same, regardless if changing the outcome was successful or not. This was a great story that I will not forget. Ever. If only this could happen in real life!! Susan May knows how to get into the heart and mind of the characters and in turn, also knows how to reach the heart and mind of her readers! A story that I will read and re-read again and again!!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

Review by: SAMANTHAJULIA on Aug. 11, 2014 :
A haunting and memorable story.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)

Review by: Tamara! on Aug. 05, 2014 :
Do not read if you are feeling any sort of emotion other than stoic! Heartbreaking and yet, wonderfully told. Going back every 10 days and figuring out the 'how' of it all, trying to grasp something and change the outcome made for an intense and worthwhile journey. Descriptive in a lively and very human way, and I enjoyed it from start to finish. It was tough, as well, it's a child dying, but the mom's journey to fix it was fascinating.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: lilfries on July 24, 2014 :
I received a free copy of this novella for an honest review. If you had to repeat one of the worst moments of your life wouldn't you try to change the outcome. This is a heartwrenching emotional story. It shows the true power of a mother's love. It is a story not easily forgotten.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)

Review by: allthesmallthingsandbig on July 14, 2014 :
I was given this book for an honest review. By page 19 I was crying as a mother the storyline for this book hit me hard. I could not imagine the pain Dawn was feeling. I felt so sorry for Dawn and hope I never have to live through an experience like it. There are many times in life you think to yourself ‘what if’ this story takes that ‘what if’ and amplifies it.

This part of the story hit me ‘It never grew easier to live through Tommy's death and,
at every opportunity, she never stopped trying to change the timeline.’ I can relate to what she is saying, if this were to happen to me I would stop at nothing to try and change anything that happened on that day. This story well and truly touched my heart, I also found it sad that it also seemed kylie was reliving the same day as well.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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