The Killing Type is a free short story from Jane Corry and boy does she pack in a lot, in 50 pages. Jane is a master of plot twists and surprises and this story has a few good ones.
Danielle and Susie are sisters, very close in age, (we call them Irish twins) – 14 months apart. They are both very different in looks and personality with Danielle being prettier and outgoing while Susie is quiet, contemplative and a writer. “Rose Red and Snow White.”There is a thread of jealousy and they have drifted apart to the point they don’t communicate anymore. Surprising then that Susie receives a message from Danielle asking to meet, as she’s concerned her husband Simon is trying to kill her. Danielle has experienced strange accidents including a car crash that appear to have been caused by tampered brakes. Susie’s response is to explain to the police that her sister is melodramatic with fanciful ideas. Case closed! Well, with the police anyway.
Someone is ultimately killed, but who is responsible – who is the killing type?
Jane is masterful in her plotting, and the twists she brings to her stories are fantastic. It is amazing that she manages to bring such surprises into such a short story leaving the reader fascinated. I was also impressed by how we managed to pick up the personalities of the sisters so quickly. What is missing, however, is that festering harmful purpose or suspicious background that Jane brings in her other novels, and the character development of a wider cast, in particular, the husband Simon is barely developed.
As a quick read, I can highly recommend it and would rate it at 4.5 stars. As a short reading commitment, it delivers an enthralling and intriguing story that gives great insight into Jane Corry’s writing and plotting ability.