- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2450 KB
- Print Length: 31 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (7 Feb. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B5W9PWQ
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,103 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cold Cold Heart (Short Story) Kindle Edition
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Pam is one of those unfortunate souls, whose lives look at best cursed. She's never had enough joy, and she's never lived up to her potential, and for that she mostly blames, her ex, and now dead husband, John. The latter had a complete control of her life during their twenty years together. He set the rules, and she followed. He ordered, and she obeyed. She was a good woman, and he was a bad man. And yet, he was the one that was destined to live the big life; a life we learn about through her mental journeys down memory lane.
As one would expect Pam feels wronged, and bitter. Everything could be different, better, if she had the courage to stand up to him, to make him realize that he wasn't the centre of her universe, or of any universe when it came to that. But she didn't, and things just followed a downward spiral for her, an upward for him.
However, right now, and for the first time in ages, she's in full control of her life. She's changed, the smiles have returned, and even though she's over fifty, she feels rejuvenated. What was it that changed everything? A simple act; a spontaneous reaction to some facts which gave her the opportunity to have the last laugh, when it came to her relationship with John.
His cruelty, his superiority, his sarcasm, had followed her for many years, but right now it's payback time, and whether things go right or wrong, nothing can change that; she'll have her revenge.
This reads as a quite plain story at first, but as the narration moves on it becomes more and more interesting, and the final twist wraps everything up in a brilliant way, taking the reader by surprise; just the way it should.
Cold, Cold Heart is a long short story which shows off Karin Slaughter's wicked streak. It's a battle to have the last word and a peek into the mad ideas people get to prolong their life. Whilst it's not necessarily crime, it's twisty and turny in Pam's mind and the perfect reading material for a lunch break. No having to put the story down before it finishes! Karin's shorter works always seem to have fairly unlikable characters but I still find a side to take. I wonder if she does this because she knows we wouldn't stay with them for a whole novel, but a short story is just the right amount of time before you get annoyed with them.
Cold, Cold Heart was originally published in the First Thrills anthology and is published for the first time by itself in digital format. I personally love this idea as I always want to read everything my favourite authors write but don't always want to buy a whole anthology just for one or two stories.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the author, but not a fan of short stories as a whole as I don't feel like you get to know the characters as much, however this was marginally better than many short stories I... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Smelly11
I love this author. As I had run out of all her books I got this short story. It was rubbish. Not Karen that I'm used to.Published 5 months ago by callawast
Would of put 6 stars. Very good read makes you think who did win really and could this be achievedPublished 10 months ago by wendy hall