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10 thoughts on “Little Dead Red

  1. says:

    4 1 2 StarsThis is a not happy tale Terrible things happen to innocent people Little Red Dead is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood which was never a sweet tale anyway, but author Mercedes Yardley takes the bones of that fable and gives it a very gritty, very modern treatment and turns it into a horrifying read Some women have all the luck Marie is not one of them I don t want to spoil too much of the story and am honestly unsure how to even tackle this review I ll just say that Marie suffers from two huge losses that leave her devastated, emotionally drained and at her wits end After a kind man and his wife intervene, instead of succumbing to depression she decides to plot revenge This is a well plotted, well executed, bleak and painfully emotional short story all the things I look for in a story such as this but it is not an feel good read You have been warned Narration Notes As this story is told from Marie s POV, I m not going to lie, I do wish it had been narrated by a woman but that s my own personal preference That said, narrator Joe Hempel does a fine job with the darkness of the story and doesn t ruin the female voices with painful falsetto I cannot tell you how many times a guy has ruined a female character for me with a cringy performance and vice versa I found it hard to tear myself away from the audio and do things like go to work and listen to people who needed to ask me oh so important questions that could not wait yeah, that s sarcasm you hear there because the storytelling was so involving I received a copy of this audiobook courtesy of Audiobook Boom.


  2. says:

    For a novella, this little book packs a punch.Happy Marie becomes Grim Marie when her daughter Aleta is forced to face things a child should never have to face Then Grim Marie becomes something far worse than Grim I don t blame her one bit You won t either.Twists and turns lead you down and you won t be turning back Neither could Marie.Highly Recommended for fans of dark fiction and revenge tales Though this story is WAY than your average everyday revenge tale Bravo


  3. says:

    LITTLE DEAD RED, by Mercedes Yardley was one of those gems of a find, for myself I was expecting a fairy book style story, twisted of course and found so much MORE, that I haven t been able to get this story out of my mind.In the beginning, we have the mom, Happy Marie , and her beautiful young daughter, Aleta Often, she was even Smiling Marie Then came the day that she realized Aleta was being subjected to an abuse NO child should ever have to know particularly one so young From that moment on, she became Grim Marie , concerned only with protecting her daughter from all the dangers in the world around her.The writing style here is written in a way that is fun particularly when we get to the fairy tale parts a young girl in a red hoodie going to deliver goodies to an ailing Grandmother However, it is also emotional, evocative, and quite poetic at times Words were currency Marie wanted to save each syllable, stuff them in her pocket like the precious things they were They were tossed around here and there like spare change, but she felt the weight, the beauty of each one We then go witness Grim Marie become Terrified Marie, and back to the Grimmest of Maries, as she faces something so heart wrenchingly brutal, that mere words could not convey the feelings of After a series of minor transformations, due in part to the support of Officer Will and his wife, Winnie, Marie decides to become the monster that tore her world from her Huntsman Marie, or the wolf The journey that Mercedes Yardley takes us on in Marie s shoes is one that I couldn t turn away from for a minute I felt every emotion, every thought, that Marie went through The story may be a modern day fairytale in some aspects, but it s one that is certainly all too real, in others.Here is the tale of Marie You never know where a fairy tale will take you.Highly recommended


  4. says:

    LITTLE DEAD RED, by Mercedes Yardley was one of those gems of a find, for myself I was expecting a fairy book style story, twisted of course and found so much MORE, that I haven t been able to get this story out of my mind.In the beginning, we have the mom, Happy Marie , and her beautiful young daughter, Aleta Often, she was even Smiling Marie Then came the day that she realized Aleta was being subjected to an abuse NO child should ever have to know particularly one so young From that moment on, she became Grim Marie , concerned only with protecting her daughter from all the dangers in the world around her.The writing style here is written in a way that is fun particularly when we get to the fairy tale parts a young girl in a red hoodie going to deliver goodies to an ailing Grandmother However, it is also emotional, evocative, and quite poetic at times Words were currency Marie wanted to save each syllable, stuff them in her pocket like the precious things they were They were tossed around here and there like spare change, but she felt the weight, the beauty of each one We then go witness Grim Marie become Terrified Marie, and back to the Grimmest of Maries, as she faces something so heart wrenchingly brutal, that mere words could not convey the feelings of After a series of minor transformations, due in part to the support of Officer Will and his wife, Winnie, Marie decides to become the monster that tore her world from her Huntsman Marie, or the wolf The journey that Mercedes Yardley takes us on in Marie s shoes is one that I couldn t turn away from for a minute I felt every emotion, every thought, that Marie went through The story may be a modern day fairytale in some aspects, but it s one that is certainly all too real, in others.Here is the tale of Marie You never know where a fairy tale will take you.Highly recommended


  5. says:

    I purposefully avoided this one because I assumed it would too be YA ey for me What a dumbass I am This was a perfectly paced and fast moving novella and I dug everything about it, including the narration on the audio version It was not YA ey at all It was, in fact, quite excellent 5 Stars and the Highest Recommendation This audiobook was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review and this was it.


  6. says:

    As a father of two, this was a very difficult novella to read Mercedes tale of Aleta, a young girl whom is abducted and brutally murdered is an emotionally draining read It s a grown up version of Little Red Riding Hood that is brilliant in its originality and emotional punch Mercedes has a wonderful way with words, her writing style seems effortless and has a great flow to it This novella is the perfect way to introduce yourself to this writer It ticks all the boxes for what makes a great short story It s not an easy read due to the dark undercurrent that flows throughout and the ending is a heartbreaker Regardless, this is a fantastic read 5 stars.


  7. says:

    One of the benefits of this year s Women In Horror Month has been that I ve gone outside of my comfort zone, reading wise, and made some great discoveries That s not to say that I don t read women s work during the other months of the year, because I do But this year I ve made it a point to read work by authors I haven t read before One of those authors is Mercedes M Yardley and the first thing I ve read by her is LITTLE DEAD RED Grim Marie s mother was dying She had been dying for several years now, off and on, but this time seemed like it might actually be THE TIME Thus begins chapter one of LITTLE DEAD RED In this opening chapter Mercedes M Yardley sets a dark stage for her characters and establishes a brooding mood that persists throughout the story That opening paragraph tells me a couple things right out the gate First, this is not a happy story, nor is it likely to get that way We ve all lost family members to one thing or another, be it accident, illness, violence, or age, and we can all relate The passage immediately evokes the mood of the story and holds true to it all the way The second thing it does is tell me that Mercedes M Yardley is the real deal Only a true professional can set a mood and grab a reader that quick The tension immediately starts to build and the reader wants to know what happens to these characters We are instantly presented with a question that makes us want to keep going Why is she called Grim Marie LITTLE DEAD RED is a dark retelling of the classic fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood But make no mistake it isn t that story in modernized form That would be dark enough, but Mercedes version would horrify a Grimm brother Yardley masterfully doles out little tidbits of Grim Marie and Aleta s backstories while simultaneously developing the story, taking us into the black recesses of her protagonist s mind, and developing her characters with exceptional aptitude.I m not going to synopsize this thing Talking too much about the plot line of this rocket fueled little shot in the heart would be to risk spoiling the hell out of it and I don t do that What I am going to do is take my usual approach and talk a bit about the great strength of this book The thing that really, really brings this story together and makes it work is Yardley s remarkable ability to control the mood, to maintain that heavy, brooding darkness throughout using a combination of well developed characters and poetic language Grim Marie, the flawed but sympathetic protagonist, is fascinating and her thoughts and observations drive the story and hold the reader captive She liked the way his mouth became a thin line, like they always say in books, because she knew he hated the bitter taste of the words he was saying, too That he wore a badge and took care to shine it, but sometimes he wanted to throw it against the farthest corner of the room and yell Scream and scream until the walls fell down around him, like a house unboxing himself, and then he could run into the night and exact his own revenge LITTLE DEAD RED is my favorite short read of the year so far, and I m not ashamed to confess to having a developing author crush on Mercedes M Yardley It s a rare thing when you discover an author and you know from the very first page that there s something special there, that this is a story you will finish and love by an author that you ll read any time she publishes something new I rank my first reading experience with Mercedes M Yardley right up there with my first reading of Clive Barker s BOOKS OF BLOOD or John Foster s DEAD MEN, and I m anxious to get on to the next book, and the next, andIf you haven t read Mercedes M Yardley s work yet, LITTLE DEAD RED is a short little slice of pain and darkness that you won t soon forget, and it s a great jumping off point Read this story and I m certain that, like me, you ll be anxious to read all her other work too Fortunately for us, Crystal Lake Publishing has that covered They ll be reissuing her novels, PRETTY LITTLE DEAD GIRLS and APOCALYPTIC MONTESSA AND NUCLEAR LULU A Tale of Atomic Love, at the beginning of march and they ve already released her novel, NAMELESS The Darkness Comes.


  8. says:

    I have wanted to read this book for so long but have been unable to get my reading hands on it as I live in Australia.I will say it was definitely worth the wait.What started out as what I thought to be a new age spin on Little Red Riding Hood went so much deeper and darker.Yes grandma was sick and her granddaughter headed out in her red jacket to take her some goodies but that s where the story takes a turn.This family also has a back story, and as a mother it made my heart break The lengths this mother was going to to find her little girl in red is dark and pain full.The end actually came as a real shock to me Maybe because my brain was too focused on other parts of the story.A definite must read.


  9. says:

    5 star novella, 5 star narration on the audio book version.


  10. says:

    I m not usually into horror stories, but the combo of Mercedes Yardley and Joe Hempel was an irresistible draw Glad I requested this, because it was so well written, so fantastically worded, plotted and paced that I could not stop listening When a mother loses her child to a butchering murder, she hatches a plan to catch him She finds who she believes is the murderer, and does the unthinkable to get evidence Is this man the killer Well, the evidence will tell With a rather wild twist ending I didnt see coming, this was a was completely wicked tale I cant recommend it enough, and Joe Hempel s always excellent narration just made it that much better Prepare to be shock and awed by this one.I was voluntarily given a reveiw copy of this audiobook by the narrator through Audiobookboom.


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