This week’s short story is a paranormal thriller that took me by surprise, in a good way; I echo the words of my fellow blogger Sam @ Clues and Reviews, this is the perfect blend of crime fiction, paranormal thriller and chick lit.
Veronica’s first date with Sebastian not only stirs up a powerful attraction, but also a series of supernatural events that will tear them apart.
After countless hours of dead end online dating, Veronica meets up with Sebastian at a reportedly haunted restaurant, since he knows she has a fascination with the paranormal. While enjoying their meals and each other’s company, they share a shocking supernatural experience. Their romantic connection is overshadowed by the ghosts of their own pasts that threaten to destroy their budding relationship. Veronica decides she must return to the restaurant to face her past and dig up more answers. Unfortunately, she realizes she must go back, this time with a reluctant Sebastian. In the end, they join forces against the evil that stands between them, but will they make it out alive?
I don’t want to elaborate on the description above as with short stories, you always run the risk of saying too much and spoiling the read. But I will say, in my experience, when reading a book, you anticipate an exciting plot twist, however, when reading short stories, I believe it’s harder to ‘wow’ the reader as you have such a short space of time to build the anticipation. Here, Braun delivered and exciting plot twist, that I did not see coming, one that totally altered the ending I anticipated this story having, not only making Dead over Heels memorable but also showing Braun’s talent in creating such a twist that surprised and shocked me.
If you tend to avoid short stories due to fear that the plot will not be fully developed, you needn’t fear with this one. The plot flowed smoothly and the tempo sped up to create the excitement and tension most look for in a thriller; and slowed down in the moments that read like chick lit. Combined this made a quick and enjoyable read.
I enjoyed the way Braun wrote in the paranormal elements as they fit perfectly to the story, they weren’t thrown in randomly, for example, no shadow appears for no reason, everything of this world and the paranormal were related, allowing Braun to deliver a short story with the perfect amount of crime and chick lit to make this a paranormal thriller worth reading!
This book is available to buy now from: Amazon UK
*My thanks to the author (Theresa Braun) for providing me with a digital copy of this book*
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