The Crossroads

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
After getting into an argument with her boy-friend while driving home from a party, Angela finds herself stranded on an abandoned road in the dead of night.

Then she meets an unfamiliar woman who ap-pears to be equally lost and lonely. But what Angela doesn’t know is that her immediate trust in this stranger might have disastrous conse-quences…
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Sheila Deeth reviewed on on Feb. 7, 2012

A scary short story, Majanka Verstraete’s The Crossroads begins with Angela’s shock at finding her boyfriend cheating with her ex-BFF. The language is a little awkward at times, but the words and point of view feel authentically young. Not “one of those timid, socially-awkward girls who did everything their boyfriends told them to,” Angela makes a strong female protagonist, willing to make demands and set rules, but young enough for foolish mistakes and careless trust.

A rapid run through past events leads to Angela walking home alone in the dark, her biggest concern the discomfort of her shoes. Based on popular urban legend, this tale soon gives the hitchhiker more important things to think about, and the author reveals a pleasing sense of timing in both danger and resolution. A short, slightly awkward, horror story with a satisfying twist, this makes for a fun read over supper, with wild wind blowing and teenagers shouting faraway as their cars speed by.

Disclosure: I was lucky enough to get a free ecopy of this story and enjoyed it enough to review it.
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sarah orbe reviewed on on Nov. 7, 2011

i love it... this story is really creepy..
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John David reviewed on on Aug. 13, 2011

The crossroads is a fantastic piece of short-fiction. Taking the hitchhiker legend and blending it into a simple yet elegant story - was a job well done. I liked it for its originality and not using the cliche'd repetitions. This is a perfect fifteen minute read that will make you question, the next time you find a deserted women on a lonely cold night. I enjoyed it a lot. My congratulations to the author.
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