Unknown Sender by Ryan Lanz
Published in 2015 by Applebury Press
My copy: Review copy
Jessica’s world revolves around studying at college and affording prepackaged meals, which leaves little time for socializing. In fact, she is quite content without being noticed, which only makes the attention of a mystery texter all the more unwanted.
She isn’t unfamiliar with strange advances, but this is something entirely different. This person knows things about her. Things beyond just an average stalker.
Even after all that, Jessica would be much more content to forget than discover who is chasing her, electronically or otherwise. Eventually, she finds out that she can’t outrun her past.
*** I received an electronic copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. ***
This is a very short story, coming in at just 25 pages, so we are plunged straight into the action! The tension starts to build straight away as we see college student Jessica receiving strange texts from an unknown source. At first I wondered why she was responding – but then it wouldn’t have made much of a story if she hadn’t!
The action takes place over a few days, with a lot packed in including a few red herrings. But when the story moves to an isolated cabin you know things are going to come to a climax…
What I really enjoyed about this story was how much was packed into just a few pages, and the chilling twist at the end which was very cleverly executed, and was subtle enough not to be unbelievable.
This is an easy short story to read and one that I really enjoyed. It would be interesting to read longer works from this author to see if he can keep up the tension over more pages!