Thursday, July 10, 2014

Karl Drinkwater - If That Looking Glass Gets Broken

37. If That Looking Glass Gets Broken by Karl Drinkwater (2014)
Length: 5 pages
Genre: Short Story
Started/Finished: 10 July 2014
Where did it come from? From Smashwords
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 18 February 2014
Why do I have it? I like short stories and Karl Drinkwater is a new author for me.

The old woman's marriage to her husband hadn't necessarily always been the best, she reflected. They had weathered their share of storms, to be sure, but now both husband and wife were content to view their tribulations as tempests in a teapot. Besides, the old woman thought fondly, her husband was a grumpy old sourpuss at times, but she loved him nonetheless.

And, as always, there was her son to think of. Such a polite, well-behaved, handsome, bright boy! She had considered him the "best of all her sons" - secretly, of course - it would never do for her husband to discover she was harboring favorites, now would it? He would be upset with her.

However, enough day-dreaming. Her son needed to be fed. Her husband was right: soup was so nourishing; and her son was such a good boy to let his mother feed him.

I read this story in one night. This was certainly a very suspenseful story, but the ending was much more shocking than I expected. As this was such a short story, I appreciated the suspenseful build-up and that is what made the ending all the more shocking to me.

This was the first story by Karl Drinkwater that I've read, so I'm not sure if this is his typical writing style, however this first story earned a B+! from me. I will certainly be keeping my eyes open for more from Karl Drinkwater in the future.

B+! - (89-94%)  

May you read well and often

2 comments:

Karl Drinkwater said...

Many thanks for the review! My style isn't always like that, though some of my other short stories are similar, e.g. this non-horror story http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/409635

There's a lot of horror in my novel Turner (which many people read in one or two sittings).

Emeraldfire said...

Many thanks for stopping by my blog, Mr. Drinkwater! :) I just downloaded "It will be Quick".

I generally enjoy reading suspenseful horror or paranormal horror, rather than slasher-type horror - although, if it's a well-written horror story, I'll definitely give it a read.