The Text by Claire Douglas @Dougieclaire

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Author : Claire Douglas
Title : The Text
Pages : 40
Publisher : Penguin
Publication date : August 31, 2017

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A single text changed her life. Did it end his?

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.

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The Text is a free kindle short story by one of my favourite authors. And that’s also the only reason why I picked it up because I don’t normally read short stories. I find them, wait for it, too short. 😄. Just when you feel you’re getting to grips with things, it’s over. But did I mention this is Claire Douglas? I’ll pretty much read anything she comes up with, to be fair.

Emily Latimer is angry at her boss, Andrew. She’s planned a weekend away with her friends but Andrew is reluctant to give her the time off. On her way home, Emily fires off a text message to her boyfriend. But there’s one gigantic typo and the text doesn’t just get sent to her boyfriend, but to the entire office. And then Andrew turns up dead.

This scenario is particularly scary because it’s so realistic and believable. We’ve all been there with the unfortunate typos, the annoying autocorrect and sending things to the wrong person.  Now, at 40 pages short, you wouldn’t expect much, would you? And yet, Claire Douglas manages to weave an intricate web, provide us with quite a few suspects and even a twist or two. So we have a thoroughly enjoyable mystery but most of all, it just leaves you wanting so much more and I’m very much looking forward to this author’s next book!

The Text is available to download for free now!

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Seek by Anthony O’Neill @bwpublishing

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Author : Anthony O’Neill
Title : Dr. Hyde and Mr. Seek
Pages : 256
Publisher : Black & White Publishing
Publication date : September 1, 2017

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Seven years after the death of Edward Hyde, a stylish gentleman shows up in foggy London claiming to be Dr Henry Jekyll. Only Mr Utterson, Jekyll’s faithful lawyer and confidant, knows that he must be an impostor – because Jekyll was Hyde. But as the man goes about charming Jekyll’s friends and reclaiming his estate, and as the bodies of potential challengers start piling up, Utterson is left fearing for his life … and questioning his own sanity.

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Sometimes you just decide to read a book because you fell in love with the cover.

I’m sure I don’t need to tell anyone the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Even if you’ve never read the original novella by Robert Louis Stevenson, you undoubtedly know the gist of it. And in case you really don’t, there’s no need to worry as things are explained quite brilliantly without breaking the flow of the story.

If he be Mr Hyde, I shall be Mr Seek

Seven years ago, Edward Hyde died and Dr. Jekyll went missing. A mere week before Dr. Jekyll will be officially declared dead and his trusted friend and lawyer, Gabriel Utterson, will inherit his belongings, a gentleman shows up claiming to be Dr. Jekyll. Only Mr. Utterson knows this man can only be an impostor but proving it is an entirely different matter.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde compliments the original novella beautifully. It seems like quite a brave thing to do, to pick a classic and decide to write a sequel. They are always so hard to do right, especially by another author. The story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde lends itself to it though and the language and the setting made it feel as if it was deliberately written in those days. It’s delightfully atmospheric from the very first sentence.

A sulphurous yellow fog, so thick it muffled the chimes of the Sunday church bells, had fastened overnight to London and refused to be dislodged by even the stiffest of breezes.

And with little details like someone knocking on a door with a cane or the mention of chimney sweeps, I was immediately transported back to that era. The story is quite dark, gritty and depressing and I’m not entirely sure I liked the ending. Having followed Mr. Utterson on his journey and to have him suddenly replaced by another narrator at the end didn’t sit well with me. There are also questions that remain unanswered, where I might have preferred some closure.

However, I thoroughly enjoyed this trip back in time and the author’s writing style. This is a beautifully written mystery full of intrigue and I think it has every reason to stand proudly on the bookshelf next to the original.

Many thanks to Black & White Publishing for my advanced copy, which I received via Netgalley and chose to review honestly!

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Seek is published today!

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