Blogmas 2017: Short Story Advent Calendar Day 9

Happy Saturday Blogmas 2017!

On Saturday mornings you can generally find me on the couch, with some coffee, reading a book long into the afternoon.

This Saturday, however, I am expecting to get a ton of blogging done, such as this post, so hopefully you won’t mind if I live vicariously through you, sitting on your couch, with some coffee, reading a book long into the afternoon.

Ready to read what day nine had to offer me? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

DAY 9: 

Aftermath by Laura Van Den Berg

First Appeared: Conjunctions (2015)

Print Length: 7 pages

The Review

I take back my previous comment about accepting that not all of these stories are going to be holly and jolly. Where are the Christmas stories gosh darn it?!

Aftermath follows the story of Genevieve as she moves back into her home following her hiring the Aftermath cleaning service to shine up her house. Genevieve is thoroughly impressed by the job Aftermath has done to her house but becomes disgruntled when she sees that they have left the attic door open. After trying to get several people to close the door, both figuratively and literally, she leaves behind the home for ‘greener pastures.’

The story was just too all over the place for me. We follow Genevieve at her home and then she leaves and lives on a freighter and then she mentally goes back to the house to ‘reveal’ why she left when she witnesses a man commits suicide.

I wasn’t really attached to the character of Genevieve or her story. Whether it was because the story was too short in order to develop her character or whether it was because her character wasn’t all that interesting I could not pinpoint.

Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars. 

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  1. midnightamythest

    This story was definitely different.
    I really don’t have much to say about it. I had a vague feeling that I had read it before (but couldn’t have because it’s new this year), or at least something similar about attics. And I wasn’t sure if this was going to a thriller-vibe or not, but it was a bit too lacking of plot and character.
    2 stars.


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