Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Annabelle” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


4.75  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  13 reviews
"Relief floods through me, and the anger abates. Each hit brings me more and more inner peace, for I have killed the monster lurking in my darkest nightmares."-- excerpt from Annabelle
Brutalized, traumatized, and cast out, Annabelle has nothing for comfort save the darkness festering in her own soul. Nourishing the terrible seed of hatred planted by her attacker, she sets
Kindle Edition, 77 pages
Published February 11th 2018
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Annabelle, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Annabelle

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-26
Average rating 4.75  · 
Rating details
 ·  16 ratings  ·  13 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Annabelle
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 blazing stars and a heart-full of respect!

Raw, gritty and compelling, this novella is one YOU HAVE GOT TO READ!

Brutalized, traumatized, and cast out, Annabelle has nothing for comfort save the darkness festering in her own soul. Nourishing the terrible seed of hatred planted by her attacker, she sets out to cauterize the wound. In the old American west, she ventures from one dirty, dusty town to another, doling out her own brand of justice, armed with nothing but a weaponized parasol.
The blurb
Sarah Neofield
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
‘Facing the victims is always more difficult than seeing the monsters.’

Annabelle captivated me from the very first line of the prologue - ‘I walk along the main road of another dirty western town, and sashay past the saloon, knowing my prey follows close behind.’ One page in, I thought ‘Bell has done it again!’ - although ‘again’ is not really the right word, since Annabelle appears to be author Elexis Bell’s debut publication (which just goes to show how high quality it is).

While in some respe
E.H. Alger
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a powerful, beautifully written novella that I read in one sitting - and have been thinking about ever since. The story takes place in the Old West but the matters it addresses still concern all women today. Annabelle, sexually assaulted, then blamed for it and cast out by her family, sets out to mete out her own brand of justice to women who have suffered as she has. Gripping, tense, infuriating and sad, this is a story I’d recommend to everyone.
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great storytelling.

In this story, two distinct narratives unfold: what Annabelle does, and what drives her to do it.

The storytelling is intuitive, drawing on the reader’s instincts and assumed knowledge to build empathy and understanding with Annabelle and to evoke anger, grief and sorrow not just for her suffering and pain, but rather for that of all who have suffered in similar ways.

The story is very well written, boldly narrated by the character from whom it takes its title. Annabelle is a
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I fell in love with Annabelle rather quickly. The past and present combining in each chapter was well done, and very complex issues were discussed. My only problem with the novella is the ages of the characters, especially the children. Grace's son seemed too old to have reasonably had a 16 or 17 year old mother. Everyone just seemed too young, and while I think part of it was to make a point, it was just pulled me out of the story several times.
Brittany Ripley
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I recieved this novella in the mail today and proceeded to read the entire thing, cover to cover. Elexis Bell created not only an absolutely perfect story line, but also the most bad ass female main character I have ever read. Annabelle, the mc, is an incredibly powerful woman who goes out and seeks justice for women who have been made a victim to any and all sexual misconduct. This old western story kept me at the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I have already started telling all of my f ...more
Karin Aston
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great little novella set in the Old West. Annabelle was assaulted at a young age and then shunned by everyone she knew. Alone in a society where women have no rights she becomes a kick-ass vigilante and metes out justice for other women who have suffered a similar fate.
A sensitive subject which has been portrayed with great skill and emotion. It can all be easily transferred into today’s society where women are still reticent about coming forward and some men believe they have every
Leah Skinner
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You'll love reading this novella from cover to cover, and you'll feel strong and empowered afterwards.
Set in a Western, Annabelle is the story of a young girl who becomes a vigilante seeking justice for victims, like herself, of sexual abuse. This little piece of fiction packs a punch, delivers some hard truths, and, through metaphor, proves that there is strength in speaking out and standing up to perpetrators. Elexis has truly delivered an exceptional read inside of a creative and compelling s
Sydney Mann
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Impressive writing and a very well-paced, well-told story. It was short and easy to read, but I kept having to take little breaks to be able to handle it emotionally due to the subject matter. Of course, I would have preferred a different ending, but how it did was realistic. I applaud the author for writing such a grim but gripping tale!
Kimberly Mearns
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
First, I would like to say that Elexis is such a kind soul and after reading this novella, realize how brave she is.
She pours her heart into this novella, you can feel it through the pages. It was a hard topic to write about and she absolutely nailed it.
I also loved the aspect of the parasol and how it gave you the feel that the setting took place long ago, but also could have been last year.
It covers hardships Annabelle has faced and how she strives to help others who have suffered the same f
Taryn Chester
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Sex crimes, be they rape or molestation or worse, are among the very few crimes so sinister that people blame the victims, unable to stomach a world in which such monsters exist. When someone is a victim of theft, no one asks them why they carried a purse or a wallet.”

This book was one of those that was so good after it was over I needed more. I continued reading to the acknowledgements. I finished reading the book last night, but even now I cannot stop thinking about Annabelle and the above q
J.D. Groom
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This short but not so sweet tale will leave you with a sense of pride for the main character, as well as a heavy feeling of realisation. What she has gone through has been felt by countless others, and will continue to do so, unless a change is made.
Until you have walked in the shoes of the victims of these crimes, you will never truly understand the self loathing, blame and need for vengeance that swirl around in a never ending cycle. This is what Elexis has been able to portray perfectly. You
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am mildly afraid of what I am becoming. I am not afraid of the consequences.

Let me just start by commending @elexis_bell for writing on a very difficult topic. Annabelle is about vulnerable but rises from the ashes no just to succeed but to avenge and protect. There were moments this was a difficult read but only because of how accurate and realistic some scenes and emotions were portrayed. This was a great great read! I am definitely adding this Elexis Bell to my must read author list!
Martine Carlsson
rated it it was amazing
Jul 31, 2020
rated it liked it
Feb 04, 2020
LeaAnn Armstrong
rated it really liked it
Oct 12, 2019
Ursula Visser
marked it as to-read
Feb 27, 2019
Jennifer LeBlanc
marked it as to-read
Mar 15, 2019
Amy Leathers
is currently reading it
Apr 03, 2019
Jennifer Stevens
marked it as to-read
Jul 20, 2019
Leann Harper
marked it as to-read
Sep 05, 2019
T.R. Slauf
marked it as to-read
Sep 27, 2019
marked it as to-read
Oct 08, 2019
Dana-Adriana B.
marked it as to-read
Dec 23, 2019
Sophie Brousseau
marked it as to-read
Aug 28, 2020
C. Phillip
marked it as to-read
Nov 06, 2020
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Blood Orange
  • The Dark Bones (A Dark Lure, #2)
  • Where the Story Starts
  • In the Dark
  • The Perfect Wife
  • The Holiday
  • Mostly Dead Things
  • Worth of Luck (Glorious Mishaps #1)
  • In Five Years
  • A Thousand Moons (Days Without End #2)
  • Penny for Your Soul (Glorious Mishaps #2)
  • Red Ink: A Darkworld Tale (The Darkworld Chapters Book 1)
  • Pass me By (BFF #1)
  • The Dilemma
  • Firestone Key
  • Titans Island: Sally's Quest
  • Wicked Deceit (Sam Wick Universe #1)
  • Sanctum 92 (The Bionics Saga Book 2)
See similar books…

News & Interviews

  Melissa Albert burst onto the YA scene (and catapulted into readers' hearts) with her 2018 debut The Hazel Wood. This darkly fantastical...
73 likes · 4 comments
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »