Little Miss Fortune

—“Echoes of the JonBenét murder mystery permeate this exceptionally well executed, sinfully clever, and deeply absorbing psychological drama.” —Author David Aretha

Fiction - Thriller - Psychological
155 Pages
Reviewed on 01/08/2023
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Author Biography

Sans Emmert is a former cancer researcher and biomedical product developer with a PhD in Molecular Medicine and a passion for Spanish guitar and beach volleyball. Little Miss Fortune is his debut novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Little Miss Fortune is Sans Emmert's theory about the infamous JonBenét Ramsey murder mystery. Damon is a man haunted by past family secrets that eventually led to the suicide of his father. An inherently creative person, he pursues a career as a budding writer, eager to make his mark through a screenplay that slowly starts taking over his life. Damon, madly in love with his vixen wife, Deidre, and their newborn son, has difficulty getting over Deidre's teenage affair with an older married millionaire, whose shadow hangs over their marriage. As their relationship deteriorates due to Deidre's obstinate pursuit of her ideal life, Damon throws himself into revenge against the man he believes stole his happiness.

Fans of villain origin stories or psychological thrillers featuring antagonists as the principal protagonists will find Little Miss Fortune right up their alley. Little Miss Fortune is unabashedly brutal and unflinchingly dark. Sans Emmert's narrative is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Yet it has a sense of unique originality that is bound to engage mature readers who love unpredictable stories that throw curveballs until the end. The characters are deeply flawed and commit terrible acts in pursuing their selfish desires. But readers will be compelled and entertained by their twisted motives and actions, however revolting. Overall, this tale is a treat for anyone who enjoys thrillers.

Manik Chaturmutha

Little Miss Fortune by Sans Emmert is an exceptional psychological drama that delivers a complex story of love and betrayal loaded with mystery and anticipation. The story primarily focuses on a character named Damon. The novel begins with the narrator introducing us to his childhood, which greatly impacts his personality development throughout the story. Many revelations about Damon's life emerge as the novel progresses, such as his childhood trauma, his relationship with his father, and some unresolved secrets from his mother's past. As the narrative unfolds, the answers to these mysteries become clear, maintaining the reader's attention.

One of the distinctive characteristics of the story is its themes. They highlight serious social issues most intriguingly. The characters familiarize us with all the major plot points, including toxic masculinity, violence, trauma, and abuse. The author uses gruesome imagery and scenarios to depict several scenes of physical and sexual brutality. This gripping tale highlights the importance of our past experiences and their psychological impact on the mind. Using Damon as an example, the author illustrates how toxicity in one's environment that goes unresolved can sometimes influence a person's mindset. It blurs the line between imagination and reality and affects one's ability to think and act wisely. The book is filled with suspense and thrills, but there are some violent and abusive scenes that readers may find upsetting. I recommend Little Miss Fortune by Sans Emmert to all readers who love murder mysteries, thrillers, and suspense stories.

Essien Asian

Damon witnesses a harrowing incident as a child that scars him emotionally. He grows up struggling to cope with an identity crisis fueled by his childhood trauma and his mother's uncomfortable approach to confronting the truth. It looks as if there is a chance of a new beginning when he meets the sultry Deidre but just when his fairytale is beginning to sprout roots, old wounds threaten to destroy the very fabric of his happiness and rip apart the vestiges of his sanity. Can he break away from the familiar mistakes of his troubled past or will the little voice screaming for retribution have its way with him in Sans Emmert's psychological thriller Little Miss Fortune?

The workings of a disturbed mind are on full display for all to see in Sans Emmert's work. The storyline is deep, dark, and more than just a tad disturbing when you realize how frequently this scenario plays itself out daily in the real world. The characters are thoroughly fleshed out and their conversations are disturbingly realistic. The subplots are intriguing and carry hidden messages that will move a reader to deep contemplation. Be it the battle for control between Laura and Diedre or Doctor Awan's unusual therapy sessions, be certain you will not be the same after reading this novel. Little Miss Fortune is unlike any other book that I have read with Emmert's style of telling the same story from multiple viewpoints creating a one-of-a-kind cliffhanger of a novel.

Grant Leishman

Little Miss Fortune by Sans Emmert is a taut psychological thriller that delves into the question of revenge and family relationships. Damon is a young man haunted by his difficult childhood and a traumatic event inside his family. He is obsessed with movies and screenwriting, dreaming of writing the quintessential Hollywood blockbuster and the fame, fortune, and acknowledgment that would ensue. Socially awkward, when Damon meets and falls in love with the beautiful but flighty Deidre, who dreams of Hollywood stardom as an actress, it seems like a match made in heaven. When Deidre becomes pregnant, the pair marry and before long produce the son that Damon has longed for all his life. Deidre has a checkered past - a previous relationship with a married, high-flying property developer named Michael. When Deidre walks out of the family home and takes their son with her, Damon believes she has run to Michael and his millions. Devastated, Damon’s only thought is to inflict as much pain on Michael and Michael’s family as he possibly can. He begins writing the film script that he plans to enact in real life, scheming to hurt Michael through his young daughter, a pageant princess.

Little Miss Fortune paints a scenario that all parents dread the most: someone attacking their children or their spouse to get at them. Sans Emmert openly admits in his writing that this story evokes memories of the Jon Benet murder mystery of real life. The author does an excellent job of creating two young characters in Damon and Deidre that will be familiar to readers. Both of them have struggled to deal with the pressures inherent in adulthood. I particularly enjoyed the stereotypical parents in Damon’s overprotective and cloying mother who seemed unwilling to let her only child go and Deidre’s dominant and overbearing father who was determined his girls would be “good girls” and was unable to see what was happening before his very eyes. I also recognized the willingness of the parents to steer their children into mediocrity and to stifle their dreams and ambitions without considering the emotional damage of forcing them to adhere to strictly defined life paths. The plot, especially the climax, was well crafted, even though the final result was fairly easy to predict. This is a relatively short read and one I enjoyed, so I can recommend it.

Lex Allen

In Little Miss Fortune by Sans Emmert, we learn that Damon dreams of writing an Oscar-winning screenplay, to the extent that real-life events become scenes in his writings. In turn, these are played out in his real-life experiences as he emulates his fictional characters. He falls head over heels in love with Diedre, a beauty studying to become a nurse. Damon is convinced that she should rather become an actress and be the star of his award-winning movie script. All is well until a billionaire playboy twice her age temporarily lures Diedre away. This changes Damon’s romantic screenplay into one of revenge, only to change again when Diedre returns. The couple marries, and shortly thereafter Diedre bears a son. An unexpected event occurs that revives Damon’s suspicions about his son’s conception and generates a violent screenplay designed to hurt his nemesis, the billionaire, where it hurts the most.

A most unusual read, Little Miss Fortune is a debut novel from Sans Emmert. Along with the romance between Diedre and Damon, a couple of subordinate plotlines combine to keep readers on the edge of their seats. The jumps from real life to the screenplay passages can be a bit disconcerting until the reader becomes accustomed to them, but once attuned to the style these jumps become ever more intriguing and vital to the overall development of the characters and the primary plotline. An excellent first book and I’m confident that the author will impress more and more readers with future works of distinctive suspense tales.