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You won't find an imaginary friend here, not the kind you might be expecting. This is the story of a man who is going out for a night with his wife, who keeps ruminating about a killer that was at large in his area that went by the Zodiac Killer and the Numbers Killer depending on who you were talking to at the time. The killer had a penchant for cutting numbers in each victim, as well as cutting off fingers and toes. The MC is a cop who is very familiar with the case, and just can't let it go. The killer's reveal should surprise you, as you might be leaning very strongly in favor of one person in particular, but then maybe not.
The writing is strong, and the narration is fantastic, the narrator sounds like a whiskey hardened cop telling his tale so it works really well. I can't give much away without spoiling things. So, I'm going to stop here. I think this tale is worth a look, and may lead you into some areas you are not comfortable with as it is a little graphic.
Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
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I was given a free copy of this story for an honest review.
I wasn't a fan of this narrator. I liked his English accent, yet didn't understand why he was chosen to narrate this story. Yes, I saw that he was one of the co-writers. He obviously needs more practice doing an American accent and narrating itself. To me, it sounded like he was going for a New York accent, yet it was easy to hear his English accent, which was annoying.
Where is the author from? I ask because at one point the mention of someone's "mobile" (phone) is used, and in the US, we typically refer to it as a cell phone, whereas the English commonly refer to it as a mobile.
We learn that the killer of the third victim had left behind the person's "mouth organ." Why not just tongue?
Now to the actual story. What can I say? I wasn't a fan of it either. To me, it seemed more like it would have been an outline to a story. It probably would have been good if it'd been more than just a few pages. There were too many murders with a brief overview of each, a going back and forth between the murders and the guy and his wife, then the murderer is revealed. How old was she when she first started killing if he'd been 14-15? Either way, the fact his wife of the killer was eh. Considering we don't really know much about the wife to begin with, I wouldn't really consider the revelation (killer) as a twist or surprise as some other reviewers stated. Being there was too much going on in such a short period of time, I didn't really care what was going on. I listened and that was that.
I didn't get the title either. Obviously that went over my head (the imaginary friend part).
Wished there’d been more of it; just starting to really get into it and it stops! Saying that, you know what you’re letting yourself in for when you choose a short story.
It’s hard to rate a short story too highly as it just can’t compare with the Epics that are out there, but it’s well worth a listen.
The narrator did a great job too although I did feel it was obvious the Detroit accent wasn’t his natural one, I’d have quite happily listened to him doing a much longer version.
This is a freely given, honest opinion of a review copy.