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In her late teens, Meredith Berg-Olsen had had all the makings of a runway model. Now in her late forties, after everything she had been through – including horrors that John could only guess at – she looked bloodless instead of pale, skeletal instead of slender, more dead than alive. John Penrose has two secrets. One is the roommate he keeps hidden from the world: his hig ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published January 15th 2019 by IFWG Publishing International
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Lesley Hillman
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis courtesy of Godoreads:
“In her late teens, Meredith Berg-Olsen had had all the makings of a runway model. Now in her late forties, after everything she had been through - including horrors that John could only guess at - she looked bloodless instead of pale, skeletal instead of slender, more dead than alive.

John Penrose has two secrets. One is the flatmate he keeps hidden from the world: his high-school sweetheart, Meredith. His other secret is the reason he feels compelled to look after
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Steve Stred
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Deborah Sheldon is an Australian based horror writer with an outstanding pedigree. She has written a number of really well-received novels and has been long-listed for a Bram Stoker award.

The synopsis for Contrition had me intrigued. The story follows John Penrose, a fifty year old man battling personal and mental demons. He is an alcoholic who won’t accept or admit to himself that he is, but uses it as a crutch to make it through each day.
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Destiny Pifer
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this book in literally two days it was that good. From the very first page you immediately sucked into this world of pure horror and you can't help but feel for the poor guy who has unknownly welcomed a monster into his home. As the story progresses you find yourself trying to figure out what happened to Meredith and why she acts the way that she does. You want the lead John Penrose to find happiness but you know that Meredith isn't going to let him out of her clutches that easily. On ...more
Stephanie
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very dark and very grim. Not an easy read at times as you begin to discover what Meredith, former lover of the main character, John Penrose has become. Believing himself guilty of an appalling crime, John looks after Meredith as an act of penance despite the suffering her actions cause him. During this time, he spirals into alcoholism whilst being in a state of self-denial until he finds, at last, a woman who can give his life real meaning. If only he didn't have Meredith lurking in the backgrou ...more
Louise Zedda-sampson
Brilliant book. I loved every bit of it and read it in one sitting. Deborah knows how to construct a terrifying tale. The characters in this book could be your neighbours next door, but you'd be better off if they weren't. It's really hard to write this story offers without giving away the end. Two things to note: The book offers so much more than the blurb suggests; and, horror fans, you won't be disappointed.
Robyn O'Sullivan
Contrition is another high-pressure horror story from Deb Sheldon. When we meet John Penrose, we learn that he is moving house, lives alone, and likes gardening. Before long, we also learn that John has a secret and, in order to keep this secret, he has to tell lies and maintain his life in an orderly routine. Then John meets Donna and he begins to imagine he can have a life with her. That's when the lies, the routine, and the secret all spin out of control. This is a real page-turner with an en ...more
Anne Mccluskey
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Contrition" is another gem from Deborah Sheldon. The storyline is brilliant & intriguing as the characters are built up. There are plenty of twists & shocks, that kept me enthralled to the end. Once again, Deborah has written a story unlike any other-this one is another wonderful feast of horror from her pen. As always, this story makes me want to read more of Deborah Sheldon's work.
Allen James
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very creepy. Great characters. Unexpected twists and turns. The pacing ramped up nicely and each chapter left on a cliffhanger. I didn't see the end coming but when it did it made sense.
Alyson Rhodes
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the latest horror/thriller from Australian writer Deborah Sheldon, just published on 3 September 2018 from IFWG Publishing and is available on amazon to purchase. Sheldon has created a seemingly ordinary Mr Average, John Penrose, as her protagonist, however it becomes clear very quickly (and at 240 pages there is no extra fat on the bone in this tale) he lives a not so ordinary life. He might have a boring dead end job, rent in the suburbs, no friends and no social life and drink too muc ...more
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I'm an award-winning author from Melbourne, Australia. I write short stories, novellas and novels across the darker spectrum.
My latest releases, through several publishing houses, include the noir-horror novel "Contrition", the bio-horror novella "Thylacines", the dark fantasy and horror collection "Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories" (winner of the Australian Shadows Best Collected Work 20
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