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Scenic Route

3.23  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  15 reviews
"Something's wrong in Broken Springs, population 402"

Another dark tale with a twist from award winning author Susan May, Scenic Route will delight fans of Twilight Zone, Outer Limits and lovers of psychological thrillers.
This story is also available in BEHIND DARK DOORS (two): Six Suspenseful
ebook, 35 pages
Published February 12th 2014 by Susan May
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Taking the SCENIC ROUTE...

This is a short story but well written and put together. The story has two endings with one being left out but is in the back of the book...I think I would be just like Susan by leaving it out as well...

Pam is a mother who suffers with migraines and Michael is her husband and they have two boys who are constantly fighting like most siblings do. They are on their starting of vacation when they decided to stop off on a scenic route and stay at a bed and breakfast...What h
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a creepy, eerie little read this was - it definitely sends shivers down your spine. The short story is told in a split version with the editor's choice doing away with the last two chapters. This leaves the story more than a little up in the air and it is left to the reader to ponder what is happening. Even when the author adds the original ending two chapters into the equation you are still left with a lot of unanswered questions.
Without crossing all the T's for you, the tale instills the
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Creepy, intriguing short story. The ending was abrupt and I wanted more. I wanted to have things wrapped up nice and neat >>> what the heck happened here??....I had my suspicions as the author cleverly alludes to what is going on but never outright says it. However, once I thought about it the ending was perfect! The author leaves it up to the reader's imagination which added to the creepiness factor.
Then if you keep reading the author explains why she ended the story at that point, although sh
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Short,suspenseful and a little creepy. This novella will leave you thinking, which in my opinion is always good.
May 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Grammatically well written.

It just didn't do it for me. It didn't feel like it ever built up to a climax. It started to incline then it just flatlined.

The "director's cut" was pretty much what I'd expected.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strange, well written short story
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this short story in the collection of six stories titled Behind Dark Doors 2. It’s spooky and disturbing, I love it!
Apr 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
An interesting short story where the author, Susan May, not only shares a scary tale but something of the craft of writing.
Her storytelling is enchanting in her use of repeated phrases and feelings. It is ultimately a story you can decide upon which is the magic of creating a time and place and inviting others to observe and reflect.
These debates always annoyed me in school looking at literature and inventing ideas and themes an author was sharing; it almost put me off books. In Scenic Route it
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another incredibly creative novella by Susan May. Susan May has a brilliant imagination. This story is about a family going on a family vacation. On the way to the resort they decided to take the scenic route. During the drive their pre-teen boys are fighting the whole time and Pam came down with a horrible migraine. Pams migraine got so bad Michael found a place to stay for the night so she could get control of her pain so she could enjoy the vacation. He came upon a town Broken Springs that ha ...more
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Nov 02, 2014 rated it liked it
This story started off innocently enough with Pam dealing with the migraine from hell as her husband Michael drove and her two sons fought and squabbled in the back of the car. It was the family vacation, the resort they were heading to was two hours away but to Pam it may as well have been two years. So when Michael suggested they stop off at a quaint looking bed & breakfast in Broken Springs where the population was 402 it seemed like Pam’s suffering could at least end for a while but from the ...more
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
A family on the way to a resort vacation must make an unexpected stop at a bed and breakfast in a small village. The owner gives the wife some special tea to cure her headache.
When she gets up in the morning there is something different going on. I won't say more that that in order not to be a spoiler.
The book is interesting. The reader never knows exactly what is going on. That's the charm of this story. The reader is left wondering and is free to use their imagination. This is the perfect set
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a short story. It was well written and leave you wanting more. The concept of the story was great. It feels like a pretense to a great novel, just something to wet your whistle and get you ready and riled up for the novel..hint hint hint (to the author):-) It wasn't drawn out, it was quick and to the point but still gave enough information that you weren't lost as to what was going on. It would make for a great best seller mystery but even with so few words/chapters she had you wondering ...more
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Susan really has the knack of telling short stories. This one is a full-on dark fairy tale.

I loved the fact that she stops the story at the point requested by her editor, then explains the writing and editing process, before giving the reader the two remaining chapters as 'extras'. Cool idea!!
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Well written. A quick, very interesting, and suspenseful short story that leaves it up to you to decide exactly what had happened as the story comes to an end.
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