Julia is a young college student who writes for the newspaper, has a family featuring a mom, a dad and two sisters. Her current story is the case of mJulia is a young college student who writes for the newspaper, has a family featuring a mom, a dad and two sisters. Her current story is the case of missing women from different backgrounds. Could they be similar, are they connected and are they deceased or being kept?
“Beatrice was walking down the street. The night was dark. The moon was obscured. There was a chill in the air. She saw the glow of a lit cigarette, heard the soft patter of shoes on asphalt, and then tasted a nicotine-stained hand clamping over her mouth, felt a razor-sharp knife at her throat, smelled the acidic breath of a menacing stranger as he dragged her toward his car and locked her in the trunk, then drove her somewhere dark and dank where he could keep her.”
Julia is looking into old cases and the alarming numbers of women who go missing or who are attacked.
“If Julia’s mother were not a librarian, she would probably blame Julia’s dark imaginings on the books she was reading. 'The Stranger Beside Me'. 'Helter Skelter'. 'The Silence of the Lambs'. 'The Witching Hour'. But her mother was a librarian, so she would probably shrug and tell her eldest daughter to not read stories that scared her. Or did being scared of these things, putting voice to her terrible fears, immunize Julia from danger?”
A huge portion of women don’t report sexual attacks. A true fact. I was intrigued with Julia’s approach to her news article and how she won it with her boss as the men in her group were just passing it off. Julia wanted to know when did it become important and newsworthy when women went missing. Why didn’t they deserve more than just a statistic number attached to the crime?
“The CDC estimates that upward to 80% of sexual assaults go unreported. According to the latest Crime Clock data, in America in 2013, a woman was raped every 6.6 minutes.”
Karin writes dark crime novels that deal with tough subject matters, this novella deals with crime against women plus there is a letter from a father dealing with his grief over his missing child. These crimes affect the whole family in different ways and the letter made me think of the book 'The Lovely Bones' by Alice Sebold.
As a mother with a daughter, these stats are freaking scary... I will be a nervous wreck when my daughter heads off to college for sure. Once again, Karin has made me feel like I don't have enough locks on my doors and that traveling in numbers is always a good thing....more
Brilliant look at creative writing for kids. I think everyone should keep a journal just to jot down the thoughts as they hit you.. A great way for yoBrilliant look at creative writing for kids. I think everyone should keep a journal just to jot down the thoughts as they hit you.. A great way for younger children, tweens and teens to express their feelings and maybe a place where they can release their frustrations in a healthy way. Writing poems can heal the soul and help one find peace in the moment. Poems that they wrote or poems and quotes they found that makes their day. Something to look back at and have fond memories. I also think adults should try this too. Someday it could actually be a keepsake for the family members. Things Dad loved, recipes Mom tried, events that took place, tidbits of vacation memories, newspaper clippings, fun drawings, a made up cartoon, things children said or did... writing or drawing is another great hobby like reading. Also nowadays, writing is about nil with the computers so what a great way for kids to keep the skill... ...more