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The Text: A short story Kindle Edition
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- File size : 2666 KB
- ASIN : B073XY41QH
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 35 pages
- Publisher : Penguin (31 August 2017)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
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The basic plot of this one has a doormat girlfriend send her boyfriend a text complaining that her boss won't commit to giving her a long weekend off that she wants to spend with a couple of female work colleagues. She ends the text with the hope he dies. She then realizes she's sent it to all of her workgroups. She's embarrassed and quickly tells anyone who smirks at her the next morning about it that the word was supposed to be done. She's terrified what her boss is going to do to her, only he hasn't turned up to work.
Love the cover.
Good writing skills.
Narration is proper.
Storyline is good too.
A one time read
Title - 4/5
Cover - 4/5
Language - 3.5/5
Writing skills - 3.5/5
Storyline - 3.5/5
Narration - 3.5/5
Portrayal of characters - 3.5/5
Overall rating - 3.6/5
The story seemed to be very thrilling, especially with the promising start but the climax wasn't as per expectations. For a short story, the characterization and background setup was done well but with little detailing. I would have liked it more had the story been a novella instead of a short book. It sure had the potential. I did not, however, like the police who was so relaxed about a murder case. Stuart was a typical case of chauvinism and secism and I was desperate for Emily to get back to her senses. In simple and direct language, Douglas was surely able to hold my attention till the moment she actually revealed the killer (which was a little disappointing), though I had got a slight inkling of it. Overall, it was a good half an hour read, just the climax could have been better
Book Name - The Text
Author - Claire Douglas
Pages - 40
Emily Latimer is furious. Her boss Andrew is being so unreasonable, as always. She fires off a text to her boyfriend, only in her haste she sends it to her whole office group.
In it she says Andrew's being difficult about letting her have time off work. That she is angry. That she hopes he dies. The next day her face burns in the office. No one believes her when she says it was a typo, she meant to say does. She hopes he does.
It's a nightmare. But it gets worse - Andrew doesn't turn up for work. And then the police come knocking. Because Andrew Burton has been murdered.
The book was engaging and unputdownable. It was a short read of 40 pages. It took me just 1 hour to finish the whole book.
Suspense factor is kept entriguing.
Writing is crisp and clear. Language is lucid. All the suspense lover will love this.
My Rating - 4/5
Book Cover - 4/5
Plot and Characters - 4/5
Narration could have been better.
Overall a nice read.
Emily pissed off at her boss for not allowing to have a weekend off with her friends texts her boyfriend that she wish Andrew (the boss) was dead but accidently the text was also sent to 3 of her other friends.The very next day she was met with the news of Andrew's murder and also receives a bizzare note saying something about her wish being fullfilled.The most obvious question thus arised in her mind was whether her boyfriend or any one of her friends who received the text murdered 'the boss' or was she being followed by a really sick psycho stalker.
It's a really reaaaaaaaaaallly short read of just 24 pages and I was actually surprised by the thought of inculcating a thriller into such a short span.I liked it as I was looking for a light quick thriller and in that particular case it quite satisfied me.
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Emily Latimer sends a text venting her fury when her boss turns down a request for time off so she can spend a weekend away with her work colleagues. In it she wishes her boss dies. Unfortunately she sends the text message to her office colleagues by mistake instead of to her boyfriend. The next day her boss does not show up to work and when Emily goes home that evening she finds the police on her doorstep waiting to talk with her as her boss has been murdered ...
I was amazed at the number of plausible twists and turns, and red herrings, contained in this forty-page story. I was quickly hooked by the premise, the characters and their 'banter' about their office colleagues, their lives, etc. The quality of the writing is superb. As a result, I was a just a mite disappointed when the story came to an abrupt end. Even so, this is a still great little story and well worth reading if you are looking for a quick, light, 'who dunnit' story.
Emily Latimer is furious,her obnoxious,bully of a boss has just ruined her plans to go away for a weekend with her work colleagues. She fires off a text to her boyfriend saying how angry she is,that she hopes her boss dies. Only in her haste she accidentally sends it to her whole work group.
The next day no one in the office believes her when she tries to explain that it was a typo. She meant to say does as in does let her have the time off.
It's a nightmare but then it gets worse - Andrew doesn't turn up for work. Then when Emily get home from work,the police are waiting for her,Because Andrew has been murdered.
This is a gripping short story that like all of Claire Douglas`s books is well written,has realistic characters,plot twists,a satisfactory ending and keeps the reader guessing.
Who killed Andrew and Why?
This really is the perfect length for your lunch or coffee break or even your daily commute depending on how long it is! I read it in about 30 minutes and it may be short but it packs a perfect punch. Twisty and intriguing with plenty of suspects for you to sprinkle your suspicions on. Claire Douglas writes with such obvious pleasure at leading her readers on a merry dance in all of her books, be they long or short, and I loved every single moment. So grab your copy now whilst it’s free and settle down to enjoy some “me time”-cake and coffee optional!
The investigation is thorough with everyone revealing the office gossip about not only Andrew, but also his staff. Fingers are pointed this way and that way, whilst Emily is still scared stiff that her explanation about her dodgy text will not be believed. Then she receives an anonymous note through her letterbox that immediately changes everything. She takes it to the police who are investigating Andrew’s murder. Could what it says be true?
I really enjoyed reading this short story. I thought it was intriguing and really well written. It buzzed with energy and tension. I liked the office tittle-tattle, with everyone trying to avoid suspicion falling on them. I had thought it was an exciting page turner right up until it ended so abruptly. I felt so disappointed and let down. It could have been so much better if the ending had been as good as the rest of it.
I received this novella as a free Kindle ebook, so I’m not so much complaining as voicing what I actually thought about the story. It was only 40 pages long, so a very quick read. I am awarding the short story 6.5/10 for the reasons I have given. Straight after 'The Text' has finished was an enticing taster advertising Claire’s latest novel ‘Last Seen Alive’, which was published in July. I can’t decide whether to buy it or not!
This story shows how autocorrect can mess up your day when you’re rushing and don’t double check your message or your recipients. How one letter can change your entire meaning. But how it can open your eyes to the people around you. Even those closest to you.
I enjoyed this read and I enjoyed how the story was all brought together, which I usually feel is lacked or rushed when reading some short stories. I liked how it was written and how everything, all the plots within the story, were all brought together before the book finished. It is short, and even though I would definitely have liked to have read more, because the story had potential to become a full length novel and simply because I liked the writing and some of the characters, it is alright as it is. It did what I wanted it to do, which is giving me a taste of what I can expect when I read some of Claires’ other more substantial sized books, and believe me I will be reading some.
I would say, that because of its length, the reason what didn’t make this a 5 star read for me, was because it didn’t have the time for the characters to develop fully. There were quite a few characters in this little short, so you want really get to see them all get the time they deserve. I did enjoy this book, even with that.