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The Mysterious Disappearance Of Charlene Kerringer
Author: Marlena Frank
Publication Date: November 29, 2019
Page Count: 33
Genre: Mystery, Noir, Fantasy, Humor
Cover Artist: BetiBupp33 at The Book Cover Designer
My Rating: ★★★
Content Warning: Abduction
This review will be short and sweet, because this short story is only thirty-three pages! The Mysterious Disappearance of Charlene Kerringer is a mysterious tale about a little girl, Charlene Kerringer, who is stolen away from her home. Detective Harris, a noir detective who just wants to eat his sandwich in peace, is visited one day by Charlene’s caregiver. She stresses that the girl is different than she used to be, and swears that it isn’t her. Intrigued, and hoping that there will be a big payout when the case is cracked, Harris takes the case.
When he goes to their house to investigate, he finds that there certainly is something going on. The girl, or what is supposed to be Charlene, certainly isn’t her. Detective Harris is taken on an investigation that unveils a realm completely foreign to him. Not only does it make him question what he knows, it changes his views on life in the end.
There is a definitive style about this story. The “noir detective” certainly comes through Harris’ character, and he is quite comical with his sardonic behavior. While this story certainly didn’t lack in entertainment, there just wasn’t a lot of purpose to it, in my opinion. While Harris becomes more appreciative of others in the end, it just didn’t end with much impact for me.
My Rating: ★★★
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