7.25.2011 | Monday


category: Book Reviews

Half-Inchtitle: Half-Inch
author: McCarty Griffin
published: 14 October 2010
publisher: self-published
genre(s): horror, thrillers
pages: 50
source: author
format: eBook
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | BookHype | Goodreads

rating: four-stars

the blurb

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.

my review

Half-Inch is a rather thought-provoking story of a woman who has been pushed to the limits by her abusive husband.  Despite their impending divorce, Pammy has realized that she will never be free of him and his abusive ways.  For years, obsessed with crime drama TV, she has fantasized about being rid of him,… permanently.  The story follows Pammy, as she she is struggling to get out from Bobby’s control.  Years of abuse have left her scared and meek, but with a hidden strength even she didn’t know she possesed.

There is a lot going on in this story, deep emotions, and complicated situations.   I had doubts as to whether or not a novella of this length could adequately show those things.  But it definately did.  I felt as if I knew Pammy, her frustration, her desperation, her fears.  Despite the fact that she was planning a murder, it was impossible for me not to feel for her and root for her.  I am not really big on murder as a solution in real life, but in the context of the story, it was empowering for Pammy even to just think and plan for it.  And it wasn’t at all difficult to intensely dislike her overbearing and cruel husband!  There were several twists and turns in the story, as well as unexpected bits of humor here and there.  The biggest twist came at the end of the book, which I won’t share for fear of spoiling a great and interesting ending! This is a great read!

About McCarty Griffin

McCarty Griffin lives in the Pacific Northwest, at the foot of the Cascades, with her husband, two children and several nonhuman family members. She is a transplanted hillbilly, born in Texas, but raised in the hollows and hills of West Virginia, where most of her works are set. She does not limit her creative efforts to any particular genre, although she does have a special love for horror, which she traces back to a childhood of Saturday nights eating Chef Boyardee pizza and watching Chiller Theatre with her mother. Before beginning her second life with her current husband, and settling in to raise her daughter and son, she served in the United States Army, went home to earn her undergraduate and law degrees, and then practiced criminal defense law for more than ten years. After half a lifetime spent doing everything but what she truly wanted to do, she finally just sat down and started writing, and she hasn’t stopped since.

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