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Death always wins in the end.

Or does it?

The day Ray Shelby has been dreading most has finally arrived. The torturous battle against his wife’s cancer is drawing to a bitter close, and her disease is about to steal her away from him forever.

Devastated by his imminent loss, and with time running out, Ray strikes a bargain with a shadowy organization whose promises to cure hi
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Kindle Edition, 57 pages
Published February 13th 2017 by Devious Productions, LLC
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Angel Gelique
4.5 stars, rounded up.

The premise of this book is not a novel one. How far would you go to save the life of a loved one? William Esmont masterfully depicts one man's desperate plight to save his dying spouse.

Ray Shelby knows that his wife is standing at the threshold of death's door but can't bring himself to accept her untimely demise. When a fateful encounter with a stranger at the hospital offers hope, he figures he has nothing to lose by trying out the unconventional treatment.

Or does he?

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ReadAlongWithSue
This is a short read.
I have to apologise for my review as I hardly ever have to give 2 stars. I know how authors feel about this, but, I need to be honest.

The book is well written. It has a good premise to it as a theme.

It's advertised as Thriller, mystery, general.

It's definitely not your usual thriller.
No mystery to it.

More a science fantasy kind of read as it's like a sci Fi short drama.

Not very believable.

I'm so sorry.
Others may love it though.

Thank you to Devious Productions via Net Gal
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Basia
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OOH! This is the most perfect creepy little novella. And it's one of those works that was MEANT to be a novella. Stretched out to novel-length, I just don't think the story would have worked this well.

In its attenuated form, the story was able to easily maintain a fast, relentless pace from its start, until its very last sentence. The pacing was so wonderfully brutal, that frequently, I didn't get the opportunity to process something new that had unfolded in the plot, because I was so simultane
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Courtney Stuart
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it

Ray Shelby is facing the immanent truth that his wife is going to die in the next week or so from a brain tumour. The idea of facing life alone after nineteen years together with Virginia is almost more than he can bear. Taking a break from his round the clock vigil by her hospital bedside, Ray gets a whiff of cigarette smoke and sudden desire for a long forgotten habit takes a hold of him, leading him outside to a sterile patient garden that every hospital seems to have. There he meets Eli Wolf
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Ana
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Virginia is an extremely quick read but an enthralling one. You can connect with Ray, feel his desperation towards his wife's impending death. The coming to terms with her fate but at the same time not being able to perceive a life without her.

And then a stranger opens a door. What if?...

The way Ray is introduced to this mysterious organisation is quite well achieved. The way it develops sort of hints at something paranormal because there are things the or
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RedRedtheycallmeRed
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've been on a scary short story reading kick lately, and this is my favorite of the ones I've read. Not scary so much as psychological horror. How far would you go to save the life of someone you loved? Ray's wife is dying (her time left being measured in hours), but Ray meets someone who promises a cure. Ray probably should have read the fine print a little closer...
Kym Moore
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A real page Turner.

Loved this novella from the first page. It grabs your attention and holds it to the last page. A must read.
Joyce
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars

Ray Shelby is awaiting the death of his wife by cancer. Wandering outside the hospital, he meets a man who gives him a card with a number on it to call for “help.”

Curious, he dials the number. He makes an appointment to see someone.

He learns that in order to save his wife’s life he must pay the price; but what a price. What an awful little story. But I mean that in a good way – I think.

This story is well written and plotted. This is my first William Esmont book, but I do believe I’ll lo
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Sue Wallace
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Virginia by William Esmont.
Death always wins in the end.
Or does it?
The day Ray Shelby has been dreading most has finally arrived. The torturous battle against his wife’s cancer is drawing to a bitter close, and her disease is about to steal her away from him forever.
Devastated by his imminent loss, and with time running out, Ray strikes a bargain with a shadowy organization whose promises to cure his wife sound too good to be true.
And they may be.
For as the bill comes due, Ray learns he must ch
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Elisa
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a horrible novella! By which I mean, it's an excellent horror story. If I asked you what you would do to spare your loved ones from suffering, you'd probably say anything. That's what Ray says when asked if he'd like to save his wife, Virginia, from certain death from a brain tumor. And... this is a very short story so it would be giving much away if I revealed any more about the plot. It's just amazing how the author can say so much, and flesh out his characters so well, in just a few shor ...more
Maria Katz
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Virginia Shelby has less than 36 hours to live but her husband refuses to live without her.

This book needed an xtra hundred pages. 6 Stars

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Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good story

Actually I dislike novellas. I dont usually read them. But this sounded interesting so thought I'd try it. I actually really enjoyed it. Even had a great ending! So if you like novellas or don't like then I would definitely recommend this! It's a great short story!
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