Life Can Change In The Blink Of An Eye


Fiction - Short Story/Novela
168 Pages
Reviewed on 10/30/2018
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Life Can Change In The Blink Of An Eye is a work of American historical fiction by author Raymond Cook. This relatively quick read features a family of four travelling through Colorado in the grim time of 1897, when bandits, thieves and murderers looked for opportunities to profit from others. Rancher Eddie Field does just that, tricking the poor family into taking a wrong turn to stay the night at his property. From here, fourteen-year-old older sister Missy is horrified when her parents are murdered, and she has to pick up a gun to save herself and her younger sibling, Autumn. Life really does change with a blink for these poor girls from then on.

I found this historical novella to be short, sharp and shocking in all the right ways. Raymond Cook really captures the dialogue of the era well, and I could hear the tone and malice in Eddie Field from the first time he appeared on the page. The sisters were sweet characters, innocents thrown into the worst of times, and you could really feel for them as they went through the trauma at the ranch and then the fallout of being survivors. The story may have tragic roots, but there is still hope amongst the better folks of the town when the girls are orphaned. I’d be really interested to know more about where their lives go from there. Overall, Life Can Change In The Blink Of An Eye is a highly recommended read.