Memory Lane

Journey to Retribution

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
113 Pages
Reviewed on 06/02/2019
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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite

Memory Lane: Journey to Retribution by P.D. Platt is a novella with the premise that revenge is a dish best served cold. Elena and her dad lived simply but happily in a little cul-de-sac just off the main expressway. When Elena’s mum had died, her dad poured everything into looking after his little girl. That was until Gayle turned up and offered Elena’s father a different option. Unbeknownst to Elena, her father, Gayle and Gayle’s two half-brothers were about to turn Elena’s life upside down forever. It is fifteen years since the horrific events that took place in that childhood home of hers and Elena is seeking closure and the ability to move on from her awful childhood memories. For the first time in fifteen years, Elena visits her old caregiver, Ms. Flynn, their old neighbor who Elena remembers as a sweet old grandmotherly lady that saved her from the carnage of that night so long ago. Visiting Ms. Flynn is the first step on the road to putting those memories behind her and finally moving on.

Memory Lane: Journey to Retribution was a wonderfully detailed and exciting story, albeit somewhat short for my liking. I loved the premise the author P.D. Platt began with – a journey to seek closure to a traumatic event but, as the story unfolded, so much more became apparent and I read furiously to find out what would happen. The characters were everyday, ordinary folk who we could all recognize and identify with. Even Elena’s dad and his dalliance with the dark side was totally understandable and acceptable. I loved the author's writing style and highly descriptive paragraphs describing both emotions and events. I would definitely have preferred a longer book but that’s just me and if you like a good, sharp mystery with a twist or two in the tail, then this is absolutely a winner. I am moved to read more of this author and that is probably the greatest compliment I can pay them. A thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying read.