A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Friday, July 19, 2013

SHORT STORY: The Sparrow by Jason Mott

SHORT STORY: The Sparrow by Jason Mott
The Returned Prequel Trilogy, #2

Rating: (5/5)

(Kindle US) - (Kindle CAN) - (Kindle UK)

Jun. 1, 2013, Harlequin MIRA, 29 pgs

Age: 18+

"In this short story by Jason Mott, author of The Returned, one determined couple seeks to reunite a young girl with the father who thought he had lost her forever...
When Heather and Matt Campbell find ten-year-old Tatiana Rusesa on the side of the highway, she is thousands of miles away from her village in Sierra Leone. She hasn't seen her family in almost two decades, not since she and her mother were killed by rebel soldiers. Now Tatiana has inexplicably returned, a lost orphan with no place to call home.
As the world dives deeper into uncertainty and chaos, Heather is determined to save Tatiana and help her find her way back to her family. But how much is she willing to lose to protect a girl she doesn't even know?"

Received free from Kindle.

The second prequel short story is even more compelling that the first one.  This time the focuses is on parental love and the child's love of parent.  Countering that is the effect on another couple in which the wife has a deep maternal instinct and the husband has no corresponding paternal ones.  The return of a little girl from war torn Sierra Leone of the 1990s brings closure, love and the end of guilt to one family and the realization of what is missing and eventually the end for another family.  A sweet, profound story, that this time did deal with some issues from a religious angle.  I loved it!  I can't recall if any of these characters are mentioned in the novel; I have a feeling it may have been the priest but it would have only been in passing.  I've pre-ordered the last story in this prequel trilogy and looking forward to it!

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