Distress Call

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
8 Pages
Reviewed on 12/18/2018
Buy on Amazon

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.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

“You know you have been calling for me. You called and called and called. You wanted me and here I am.” Old man Richard lives alone after the death of his wife, Meredith, due to cancer. One would expect the usual sad and lonely widower who misses his late wife but no. Richard is different. He has regrets and anger instead. He regrets the fact that he married Meredith and not Beth, his brother’s wife. He thinks so little of his seven adult children, branding some of them as a drunk, a prick, and even a mistake. One night, while he is lying in his bed, an intruder enters his home and helps himself in the kitchen. Furious, Richard investigates and finds an unusual person. He also finds out that his thoughts can be the ground zero for his sins.

This is a very short story and I reread it twice. Casey McDonald starts on a solid note with Distress Call which escalates to a psychological horror with good execution. The protagonist is established solidly enough despite the short length. The outcome is not that difficult to figure out but the characterization, the suspense, and the horrific moments are well done. Readers will quickly understand the meaning of the title once the truth is revealed. All in all, Distress Call is a brief but entertaining horror tale. I look forward to reading more of McDonald’s work in this genre and, in the meantime, I’ll be a bit more careful with my thoughts.