‘”One Mistake” is an interesting 5080 word digital short that had my rapt attention. Andy Frankham-Allen had me hanging on every written word as I was not sure where the story was going but I knew that something was coming around the corner. Don’t be misled by the word count; this story packs a punch and has a deep seeded and sad genesis. Here is a very brief description of what you will find: “When Robert finds a business card in a phone booth advertising astral projection lessons, he thinks he has stumbled upon a way to improve his ordinary life. Unfortunately the instructor has much more sinister plans for his student.”
‘I didn’t time myself when I read this, all I know is that the time went quickly as my eyes were flying through the read. I couldn’t turn the virtual pages fast enough. Frankham-Allen has written a very captivating, taunt story that stayed with me for a while. As I read more novels, especially those out of my comfort zone, I am enjoying them much more. This is definitely something I wouldn’t normally have thought I would have gotten into, but the writing is that strong , the emotion of the moments that well conveyed, that it just sucked me into it and didn’t let go till the very last word. Do yourself a favor and don’t make the One Mistake in passing this up.’
To read the full review and Gio’s other reviews, pop over to his blog; http://gelatisscoop.blogspot.com/ – I will be guest-spotting on Gio’s blog next Saturday (2nd October) with an article about Hallowe’en.
‘One Mistake’ is available everywhere that sells eBooks, including WH Smith and Waterstones. Or you can buy it directly from http://www.untreedreads.com/?page_id=1315 for only $1.50.
Future releases from Untreed Reads includes two short stories of mine, both due in December 2010. Early December sees the release of the Christmas anthology, ‘Did You Hear What Happened to Nick?’ which features my story, ‘The Forgotten Christmas’ (still being written!), followed near the end of the month with another horror short, ‘Reflection’.