Three the Hard Way

Written by Matthew Iden

Peel: Three short stories each with their own twist. The Wrong Job has a couple in danger of the bank foreclosing their home, while two men are preparing to rob said bank. Dead Letter looks at the written aftermath of a heist with one member of the team in jail. Appalachian Love Story follows a woman’s train of thoughts when she realizes her husband is going to kill her.

At the end of all the stories Iden includes story notes, so one can see where he got his inspiration to write these stories. Especially after reading these, I thought he could have pushed the stories further. Appalachian Love Story for example could have built up its suspense much more, and deepened the reader’s understanding of and sympathy for the wife believing her husband’s going to kill her. Perhaps I would just prefer longer novellas or novels from this author, and apparently his debut novel is coming out soon. Anyways, Iden does leave loose ends in his stories, which make them fun to think about what may have happened next. Each of the stories were pretty quick, and all together they were around thirty pages.

Nibble: “When Buddy came to Ayla that day, crying and telling her how much he loved her, hands shaking so much it made the smoke from his Marlboro jiggle away uncertainly, she knew then that her husband was planning to kill her.”

I would recommend these to someone wanting an entertaining quick read.

My Rating: 7 out of 10 lucky twist apples

I received a free electronic copy of this book from the author via LibraryThing.

Matthew Iden’s Site

Get the Kindle Version for 99 cents on Amazon


2 responses

  1. Interesting how you wanted to know more about these short stories after reading them. I’m not sure I like loose ends after reading a story though, but these seem to have captured your interest.
    Thanks for linking this review up for the Short Story challenge!

    • No problem, I hope everyone else links their reviews too! Loose ends seem to be a balance thing- if it’s too big of an issue the story probably feels unfinished, but if it’s a smaller strand it’s more of something to ponder over. Or that’s how I view it. X)

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