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Reviewed by Nino Lobiladze for Readers' Favorite
Day 305 by Nicole Thomas starts with Paul cutting his arm on a broken glass. His wife, Brenda, fixed the wound with a towel while they rushed home from the beach where the accident had happened. They were visibly stressed and in fear. But when they arrived at 10 Jefferson Place, Paul realizes that his always caring and supporting wife has forgotten about his bleeding cut and is obsessed with something else. She runs upstairs to the attic in a desperate attempt to find something more important to her than her wounded husband. Brenda is looking for a book that Paul doesn't want her to find. It is an old journal with entries predicting the future. But what does this future hold for Brenda and Paul on Day 305?
Nicole Thomas boldly plays with the concept of time, creating a very unusual and captivating flow of events. The nonlinear narrative unwinds like a mainspring in the broken clock. Day 305 leaves us with the prevailing feeling of uneasiness and impending disaster. This marvelous short story will give you chills thanks to the writing style that would make the great Edgar Allan Poe proud. The palpable suspense will hold your attention until the last page of this unpredictable story. Nicole skillfully uses a subtle metaphor of the fatal journal to show the cracks in the relationship between Brenda and Paul. Thus, Day 305 is multilayered. I like very much that it touches on the topic of the inescapable human curiosity in a non-banal manner. I highly recommend Day 305 to fans of psychological and short stories and to lovers of the suspense, sci-fi, and horror genres in their classic form.