Summary from Audible:
What if you’re a suburban mom with a snarky sense of humor and a wild imagination prone to dreaming up disasters? What if you and your friends take your daughters for a camping trip, and while on a quick trip to the nearest country market you see a man being bullied and then beaten? What do you do? Back away quietly? Not if you’re Molly Deacon, who, along with her Mittyesque imagination, has a temper not to be trifled with.
Stepping in to rescue Alan Cartwright has consequences far beyond what Molly could ever imagine, and she must find hidden reserves of strength to survive a terrifying chase through a foggy night.
Carolyn Nash’s first book, Raising Abel, is a memoir of raising her horrifically abused adopted older son. The pen name “Carolyn Nash” was taken to protect her son’s privacy. Carolyn and her family live in Northern California.
I’m always a little skeptical going into novellas or short stories. I want them to go well, but it’s really difficult to convey an entire story in under a hundred pages. This turned out really well. It’s funny and intense, everything you could really want in a short story. Molly’s over-active imagination was very entertaining. This woman can cook up the craziest schemes I’ve ever heard of. When she first steps up to help Alan, I really thought it was a delusion as well. But it’s not, she really does it. And nothing but craziness ensues after that. You’d think half the real things were delusions, except she never wakes up. It’s a compelling little story that definitely holds your interest.
I swear, the more audiobooks I listen to, the more great narrators I discover. That seems like a dumb thing to say, but I guess I imagined the same pool of 20 or so people narrating all the audiobooks. Luckily, that is not the case. We have a very wide variety of narrators and I’m so happy about discovering more to love. Ilyana does a fantastic job of bringing Molly’s nutty delusions to life and I’ll definitely look for more of her work in the future!
****Thank you to Esther Bochner at Audible for providing me with an audio copy in exchange for an honest review****