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Reviewed by Janelle Alex, Ph.D. for Readers' Favorite
The Gift: A Short Story by TNae Wilcox caught my eye right away. I was expecting a short little love story, which in a sense it was. Yet, Wilcox delivers a storyline that was completely unexpected. Written from the first person view of George Timmons, there is a hint early on that something dire will become of his wife, Lenore. George has been unemployed for many months and he and Lenore are behind on their rent payments. He receives a phone message from his landlord informing him that they are about to be evicted. With major uncertainty of what to do or where to turn, Lenore shows George an ad for a rental property hours away. This piece of the story seems a little too good to be true because the landlord not only rents to them - even though they have no jobs - but gives them a work van that is just sitting on the property, too. Then the story leaps ahead to Lenore having a secret motive for moving to this little town out in the middle of nowhere. She had suffered facial scarring from an accident months earlier, and has come upon a way to repair it. Yet, her vanity may lead to her untimely demise.
TNae Wilcox offers a mildly suspenseful tale in The Gift. There is a bit of a jump and some confusion in the storyline once George and Lenore get to moving day, but Wilcox doesn't leave you confused for long. The end was a surprise from my original expectation of the book. Yet, overall, the outcome almost seemed obvious. If you want a quick read with a twist you didn't first expect, then The Gift is one you should snatch up and enjoy.