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The Kindness of Neighbors (A Short Story) [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Iden
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Book Description

No one likes Jack. His wife is gone and his neighbors avoid him. He's a recluse and a creep, and that's just the way he wants it; he can ignore what they say behind his back if they leave him to his work and his daily walks. But when ten-year-old Emma goes missing in the nearby woods, the eyes of his neighbors turn toward him, their fear and accusations escalating as the days go by. Jack proclaims his innocence, but what the neighbors--and the reader--find out is the last thing anyone would suspect.

Previously published as Finding Emma.


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About the Author

Matthew Iden writes fantasy, science fiction, horror, thrillers, crime fiction, and contemporary literary fiction with a psychological twist.

An eclectic résumé—he’s held jobs with the US Postal Service and international nonprofit groups, worked a short stint with the Forest Service in Sitka, Alaska, and spent time with the globe-spanning Semester at Sea program—has given him inspiration for short story and novel ideas, while trips to Iceland, Patagonia, and Antarctica haven’t hurt in the creative-juices department, either. A post-graduate education in English literature wasn’t necessary, but it helped define what he didn’t want to do with his life and let him read a great deal of good books.

Please visit him on the web at www.matthew-iden.com, tweet @CrimeRighter, or find him on Facebook, www.facebook.com/matthew.iden.

Matthew lives in Alexandria, Virginia.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1372 KB
  • Print Length: 50 pages
  • Publisher: StoryFront (9 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IPT3FNM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,363 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast moving with brilliant twist at the end 5 July 2013
By Anna
Format:Kindle Edition
Just when you think it is finished there is another twist to the tale. Loved it and would definitely recommend!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Repercussions Of Being Antisocial 3 Oct. 2012
By The Kindle Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Jack is a divorced, work from home, free-lance illustrator. After his wife leaves him he lets his house and yard go figuring why not, he didn't like to do those kinds of chores anyway and now he does not have anyone nagging him to do them. The only problem is his neighbors and the homeowners association do not like the way he has let everything get run down, eventually forming a strong dislike for him and it doesn't help that he really doesn't care what anyone thinks about him. So what if they think he is antisocial, so what if they think he is strange, so what if they think bad things about him...that is until Emma goes missing and then it matters because now they think he did something to her. They even point the police in his direction.

He tries to help in the search for Emma but everyone makes it perfectly clear his help is not needed. After a couple of detectives question him about his whereabouts he decides that he should help find her if just to throw suspicion off of himself since he knows he is innocent. One day he comes home to find Ron, Emma's dad, searching his home collecting `evidence' against him. After an explosive confrontation he decides he will find out what really happened to Emma. And this is where unforeseen twists and turns come into the story.

Matthew Iden has written a very good, highly dramatic, didn't see that coming, short story that will leave you saying wow. If mystery/thrillers are your kind of books then pick up a copy of "Finding Emma" today; you won't be disappointed but you will be thoroughly entertained well beyond the final page turn.

Anita (The Kindle Book Review)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Finding Emma"... a terrific short story, well told 14 Aug. 2012
By R. Nicholson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
"Finding Emma" is a short thriller mystery by author Matthew Iden. This Kindle e-book is a 179 Kb download (approx 48 printed pager) and was priced at $1.99 at the time of writing this review.

Spoilers (general theme)

Eleven year old Emma has disappeared from the neighborhood and Jack Tate, a social outcast of sorts, has been determined to be a 'suspect' due to some strange co-incidences. Thus the tale unfolds...

End Spoilers.

Some thoughts on "Finding Emma"...

1.) a masterful blend of suspense and intrigue.

2.) well written. This is the 4th book I've read by Matthew Iden and I've found a consistent quality of writing throughout. Easily read and told with the skill of a seasoned storyteller... keeps you turning the pages.

3.) I really liked the character development of Jack Tate. The reader gets to see many facets of his unusual existence and how it influences the underlying story.

4.) a perfect length... ending when it should.

5.) sprinkled throughout the main plot are some subtle clues as to another aspect to this tale that were not related to the suspected abduction of the young girl.

6.) cover art... a nice blend of muted colors and imagery.

Conclusion:
A terrific short story.

5 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
raynicholsonsreviews@hotmail.com
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What we are missing... 17 Mar. 2013
By tabi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Most modern day writers loss the art and craft of surprise, Iden does it in spades. The story line builds in ways that you except. How the character Jack Tate reacts is exactly how most of us would react if accused. In some ways you feel sympathetic for this character, but at the same time you have no empathy for him. Hints are dropped about the ending but still it is so out of no where that it startles the reader into going HOLY ****! Why? Maybe because most of us are just as cynical and jaded as Jack Tate?

Excellent short read that I wouldn't hesitate in recommending nor reading anything else Iden has written.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful short story 5 Sept. 2014
By mskiti - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow! Having read all of his “Marty Singer” novels to date, I’m very familiar with Mr. Iden’s ability to captivate his reading audience. “The Kindness of Neighbors” actually rivets the reader to dash through page after page of this gripping short story. Although I had guessed the “surprise” ending early on, that was quickly forgotten as I was caught up in the narrative of a man unjustly accused of a heinous crime and forced to prove his innocence. As the story unfolded, I felt the protagonist’s fear, anger, alienation and frustration in dealing with a group of people who had pre-determined his guilt based merely on living a lifestyle different from their own.

Mr. Iden generously provided me a copy of this story in exchange for a published review and recommendation to another reader. Needless to say I highly recommend this short story to anyone who enjoys a masterfully written mystery. Do yourself a favor, order it and spend an hour reading and getting to know and enjoy this author’s work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good brain snack 12 Sept. 2014
By Eva - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I did receive the download free in exchange for a review but I made it clear I couldn't promise to praise unworthy work. Kindness came pretty close to being completely wonderful.

There were times the writing seemed stilted and raw, almost as if the editor should have had another look. But Iden does have good rhythm and kept a great pace with random events popping up to hold the reader.

Although the story is short and the narrative was gripping, I did take two sittings to finish the tale and didn't fret about it...thus the slightly lower rating. A quick cleanup and I think I would have been a bit sluggish at work the next day.

I do recommend the tale and will be putting it to our club. I am also going to try another helping of Iden.
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