Sunday, January 4, 2015
Their Little Secret, by Anita Page
Full disclosure: The editor of this book sent me a free copy. The editor, as it happens, is the author of my favorite story in the book. So you have to decide whether I can be bought off with a free paperback. (Hint: I generally refuse to sell my soul for less than a new hardcover. Inflation.)
This anthology, by the way, was created by the New York/Tri State Chapter of Sisters in Crime.
The story is about a disfunctional family and focuses on fifteen-year-old Cassie, the only child. Her parents don't get along so well.
Cassie, expert reader of moods and body language, figured they were minutes away from the Sunday night fight.
Cassie's mother - drunken, mean, and blatantly unfaithful - has decided that she and her daughter are going off to Long Island for the summer, even though her husband can't get away. Cassie ain't thrilled. "I call this hell."
Things get bad. Then they get worse. The whole story is good but what makes it a winner for me is one sentence on the last page. I wouldn't call it a twist ending, but it is a neat sting that gives us a new persective on what has gone on before.