Sep 222011

Half-Inch by McCarty Griffin
Source: Review copy from author
Links: Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads, Website

Pammy has had enough of Bobby, her abusive drunk of a husband. One lovely spring day, she decides to kill him, despite the fact that they will soon be divorced and he will, at least in the eyes of the law, be out of her life for good. Indulging in homicidal daydreams for years has led her to devise her own perfect and completely bizarre plan.

This is powerfully emotional short story. Anyone who’s been in an abusive relationship is sure to recognize Pammy’s feelings and self-doubts. It is understandable that she would fantasize about escaping any way she can.

This would make a great book for discussion. I can easily think of several questions that could lead to intense discussions and debates, such as: Such Pammy be punished for her actions, or has she already been punished enough? How much pre-planning does it take for a murder to be considered to be done in cold blood? Is there such a thing as a perfect crime?

I think this is a very intense story. Well packed into a very short space (50 pages). Not a single word is wasted or missing. I was very surprised at what a punch the story packed.

One thing I would love to see changed is the cover. It doesn’t match at all. The cover made me think it was a horror story, possibly with lots of gore. This is totally not the case. What would be better? I’m not sure. I also don’t really get the significance of the title, but it’s the cover that kills me.

This is definitely a story to check out. Just be prepared to have a strong reaction to it. You will either root for Pammy whole-heartedly or hate her for what she did. I’m fully in Pammy’s boat on this one.

  One Response to “Half-Inch”

  1. Sounds like a moving story. I'm going looking for this one.

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