This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Nandita Keshavan for Readers' Favorite
Crushed Gardenias by Heather Osborne is a short story that is full of suspense. It develops with tension as a serial killer is committing murders of innocent people. The story follows Agent Hatting who is in charge of the case. She is externally reserved, but deeply emotional at heart. She is logical and analytical, and yet is also fiercely protective of the victims. I really enjoyed the subtle portrayal of this character which was woven into the plot very well. I was also impressed by her insight and her ability to stay calm despite her intense emotions.
The main questions raised in the first half of the story are will the serial killer be discovered, what is their motive for committing these terrible crimes, and what will they be like? The story was descriptive in a realistic and yet sincere and touching way, which I felt was a unique aspect of Heather’s writing that is not always easy to achieve in short story format. The story ends with unexpected food for thought and even a dose of sympathy for the perpetrator. It is a chilling story that shows that dysfunctional relationships can have serious effects on the wider world.
I would recommend this book for those interested in intense suspense, realism, sympathy, sadness and sincerity in short story form. Heather Osborne would definitely be able to sustain the reader’s interest in a longer work due to her interesting character portrayal, candid style of writing and creative conception of an interesting plot twist.