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An OK Short Story
on 10 September 2012
Mrs Harding, a female executive living in San Francisco discovers that her husband is having an affair. She earns more than him and if she divorces him he will get half the house that she had virtually paid for. He also was excessively insured. She decides to murder him and plans the perfect crime which she executes. The police are suspicious, but eventually leave her alone.
However, five months later there is a knock on the door. A new detective in charge of the case and had been going into a great deal of detail.
It is a good story, although, quite straightforward and a little predictable. It is very well written, but could do with a bit of editing. There are a few errors and repetitions that are irritating and detract from the enjoyment of the story.
The main criticism is that it should have been made a little longer. The reader doesn't know whom to sympathize with. Mrs. Harding murders her husband, but did he deserve to die? Did the girlfriend deserve to die? In reality, he would have had to been a pretty nasty piece of work for the reader to sympathize with his wife. At the same time, we get no indication as to whether Mrs. Harding was a cold hearted bitch or a downtrodden wife.
Bottom line, it was good enough for a short story and if the author revised it, it would deserve more than three stars.