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Day by Day

Day by Day [Kindle Edition]

Shaun Jeffrey
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Tired of living in her older sister’s shadow, Tina enjoys the attention of her mum’s new boyfriend, Trevor. He treats her like an adult, introducing her to alcohol and drugs. But Trevor has an ulterior motive, the consequences of which will tear her life apart.

(15k word story). A percentage of any profits from this story will be donated to a children's charity to help those affected by sexual exploitation.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 153 KB
  • Print Length: 58 pages
  • Publisher: Deshca Press (11 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #174,994 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Shaun Jeffrey was brought up in a house in a cemetery, so it was only natural for his prose to stray towards the dark side when he started writing. Among his 30-plus writing credits are short stories published in Surreal Magazine, Dark Discoveries, Shadowed Realms, and Cemetery Dance. He has also had two collections published, The Mutilation Machination and Voyeurs of Death and five novels, Killers, The Kult, Deadfall, Fangtooth and Evilution. His novel, The Kult has been filmed by Gharial Productions and will hopefully be released soon.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nicely crafted story 12 Jun 2012
By Ignite TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This story is a departure from Shaun Jeffrey's usual genre of horror but there is something horrific in this tale of a young girl groomed for sex by her dissolute mother's boyfriend, Trevor. Tina lacks self-esteem which is often the catalyst for young people falling into bad company. Her family is split; she sees little of her caring father and has an unfriendly, envious and almost aggressive relationship with her older sister. Trevor appears to be offering her love, status, material goods, all she feels her life lacks.

The skill of the writing here is that through the first person narrative we watch Tina being slowly drawn into believing that Trevor is acting from love and for her own good. She still believes this when things go sharply downhill. A short novella this, but nicely done.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Day by Day 15 Jun 2012
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I've read a few of Shaun's books, from the police procedurals of Prosper Snow in The Kult to the wierd and dark worlds in books such as Dead World and Dark Seduction.

But this book is the scariest. It reads as if it's a newspaper report/interview rather than a novel story. The horror in this story is that it is the truth in many towns around the country.

I can't say I "enjoyed" it as such, but it was gripping reading and I didn't want to stop until I found out the ending.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying in it's realism. 24 Jun 2012
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This was my first brush with Shaun Jeffrey but probably not my last. I was expecting a horror novel but found a different type of horror in this story of child abuse and paedophilia. I was gripped with emotion and shock as the tale of Tina being groomed and pimped by her mother's new boyfriend as a result of feeling neglected and unwanted by her family. The realism of the story was probably what was the most shocking part of this piece of writing. You can almost imagine this scenario taking place somewhere in the UK.
The actual story was well written with colourful, well rounded characters who the reader can familiarise themselves with very quickly. All in all, a very entertaining book with a lot of depth to it rather than your usual blood and guts horror.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly good 12 Feb 2013
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A gripping short story about a girl who is groomed by her mother's new boyfriend into the sex trade. It feels wrong to say good things about such a horrific subject but the story is written fantastically.

I share with the authors comment at the very beginning of the book, I hope that anyone affected by anything like this can fight their way out until they see the light at the end of the tunnel.
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By Cheryl M-M TOP 500 REVIEWER
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A short yet poignant story of how a pedophile grooms, abuses and then goes on to exploit her via prostitution. During this time the young teen is groomed into thinking she loves her abuser and that she is the one making the choices.
I commend the author for tackling a topic, which is swept under the carpet by many. Often the victim is perceived to be at blame, because they are skillfully coerced into believing that they love their abuser.
The author has obviously done his homework on the subtle aspects of grooming and indeed the reader is introduced to the first successful attempt ithin the first few pages.
Short and very memorable. I received a free copy of this book for my review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy, buy, buy! 23 Jun 2012
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This novella is different to Shaun Jeffrey's other work, but it is just as well written!

The story was hard hitting, and the shortness of the book emphasised just how quickly Tina's life span out of control. Every teenager wants to be treated like an adult, so it was a real eye opener as to what can happen in this world. I commend Shaun for having the guts to write about it, especially since a percentage goes to charity to help girls like Tina.

Please, please, please buy this!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fiction that's all too real . . . 22 Jun 2012
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Tina is a young girl, not yet sixteen, from a broken home. She sees her father infrequently, has a loveless relationship with her mother, and is picked upon by her elder sister. Rachel, the sister, can get away with almost anything. Tina cannot--until Trevor enters their lives. Although dating Tina's mum, Trevor offers the girl everything she wants: new clothes, self respect, and affection. But Trevor's intentions aren't pure and Tina will find out, but not until it's too late.

This is a situation played out all too frequently in Britain, and probably all over the world, and this situation happens in real life, not just in the fictional world of Shaun Jeffrey. And that's what makes this short story hit home: the reality of it. Trevor plays Tina and grooms her for sex, and Tina isn't the first and unfortunately she won't be the last. It certainly struck a distressing chord for me, as I am a father of two young daughters and the thought of someone using one of my children in the way Trevor abuses Tina is right up there on the list of "father's worst nightmare".

Jeffrey exploits this all too well with his writing style, telling the story from Tina's viewpoint and this gives the story a more personal feel to it. I doubt Day by Day would have been as affective had the prose been third person. Does a story this short warrant objective criticism? Probably not, but it did start off a little slow (after the Prologue hook, of course) and Tina's descent into torment could have been explored in greater detail which would have fleshed the narrative out a bit more, but the guts of the story are there and this tale succeeds despite its short length.
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