The Tormenter

Short Story
By Stephanie Geary

Sitting outside the school gates, I wait nervously for Stan Foster to come out of class. My mind whirls at the prospect of seeing him, knowing what I must do. Nerves and fear play a part in making my decisions. I can see a crowd forming, they have heard about what will be happening shortly. Hands in pockets, I glance at the growing audience, knowing that I am about to be put on display and that I must perform. My hands are clammy, and I wipe them roughly down my school trousers. I pull a handful of change from my pocket and count the coins.

Not enough, I need more.

What will he say about that?

I see him making his way out of the school, a group of friends surrounding him, offering him encouragement. They all look this way, none of them wanting to admit that they play a part in this scenario. As they get closer, I feel my heart racing, adrenaline kicks in and I feel ready. My eyes never steel away from his, I stare him down and gulp down on the salty saliva building up in the back of mouth and throat. I feel nauseous, but I know that is due to the fire burning in my gut.

Racing towards Stan, I see the fear in his eyes as he sees me, his secondary school bully approaching him. He looks at me, tears ready to spill from his eyes and I feel the raw fear that comes from his every pore.

And I love it.

I wish that I didn’t! I feel the hold that I have over him and the feeling of being powerful is like a drug I can’t get enough of. I clench my fists eagerly.

My audience waits as I approach my prey; all eyes are on me. I cannot let them down.

 

20 things about me

So, I saw this on another blog post and figured I would try it myself. Not only will I be able to show you guys some other things about me, but it is good for me to write as often as I can. And seeing as I have no current blog posts to write about, I figured I would give this a go.

So here it is:-

1 – I am a Sagittarius, born in November.

2 – I am the mother of two gorgeous boys, Ethan 6 and Oliver 3. I love them more than anything else.

3 – I have been with my husband for 19 years this year and married for 12.

4 – I have a fear of canals at nighttime. I have this uncontrollable feeling that I am going to fall in and it freaks me out.

5 – I have successfully run a small photography business the past 10 years. I shot weddings, birthdays, events etc and I have a large portfolio which I will share one day in another post.

6 – I am currently signed up with slimming world. I am trying to live a healthier lifestyle and have started exercising too.

7 – I love lying on the bed in the dark and listening to songs via Spotify. It really helps to relax me.

8 – I love chick flick films; Pretty Woman, Dirty Dancing, Footloose, Never Been Kissed….I love seeing a good girly film!

9 – I have two webbed toes on each foot (the two closest to the big toe) I inherited them from my nan who had them. And my eldest son Ethan also has them.

10 – I don’t like hot drinks; tea, coffee etc.

11 – I drive a red Toyota Yaris Hybrid. It is automatic and I love it. It was my first car after passing my test in Jan 2017.

12 – I love reading books. I have not one favourite genre or author as I love so many. But it can range from Stephen King to Jodie Picoult.

13 – I love chocolate spread.

14 – I am a little kooky at times….I’m chatty and quite bubbly when you get to know me but can come across as quiet at first.

15 – I am not the most confident of people; after ridicule at School, previous jobs etc then I always feel that I’m not good enough. I am working on thinking better of myself.

16 – I lost my baby in November, 3rd child. Despite the trauma of it all, I would still like another one.

17 – I have a pet pug called Harry – We call him Harry Pugger.

18 – I love perfume; my favourite being Paco Rabbane Millions at the moment!

19 – I love watching boxsets; Gotham, Smallville, Flash, Buffy, Friends, Greys Anatomy and many more.

20 – I am currently lying in bed in just my underwear listening to my husband and boys downstairs finishing breakfast. My husband let me have a lie in and I’ve used the time to write this post 😀

And that’s it; there is more to me than this post obviously but this is just a small glimpse of me as a person 🙂

Betrayal by Martina Cole

I remember the very first Martina Cole book I read almost 12 years go. It was the thrilling, dramatic ‘Lady Killer’. After a few pages I was hooked and I read the entire book in one day. From that moment on I became a big fan of Cole’s work. I loved the diverse characters and dark themes in each and every one of her books. Not only is Martina good at creating dramatic reads; she also has a great writing style which makes reading her work effortless.

Betrayal is no different to her other books in that it is written fantastically.

The story revolves around Reeva O Hara and her colourful, charismatic family. She herself is feisty and wild, but her entire world revolves around her family; that is until she’s on one of her famous ‘benders’.

We are introduced to her children, each born to a different father but each being of a strong character. They fight one another but fight FOR one another above all else. As with most of Cole’s books we delve deep into the criminal underworld and read with wide eyed at the sinister parts and shocking descriptions. We are introduced to many great characters.

I love Reeva! She is a bit of rogue at times but she is an amazing example of a powerful woman. She would do anything for her kids.

I disliked Aiden, but I think most people would. That just shows how well a book is written when you can identify which character ‘gets your back up’. At times I wanted to hug him; other’s I wanted someone to punch him hard.

I want to write about everything that happened but I don’t want to spoil it for you guys.

All I will say is that this is a fantastic read; it is edgy, gripping and exciting. If you haven’t read Martina Cole’s stories before then look her up and give this book a go; you won’t be disappointed 🙂

I give this 5/5 🌟

Review: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

(Spoiler free)

By Stephanie Geary

Anna and Marco from the outside appear to be the perfect couple, with a lavish house, plenty of money and a beautiful baby girl. But that is far from accurate as we read further into the story.

We start at their next door neighbours house, where a party has been organised. Almost guilt-tripped into leaving her daughter Cora at home, Anna is forced to place a fake smile as she has a rubbish time watching her husband flirt with their brash, attractive hostess and feeling like a poor mother for leaving her daughter alone at home. Although they take turns checking on her, she still feels uneasy about the entire situation. When the time comes to return home, Anna almost runs the distance back despite the copious amount of alcohol consumed as she starts to feel distaste at herself for ‘abandoning’ her child. But all her fears are realised when she discovers that her daughter has been taken from her crib.

This book is a brilliant twist and turn story which leaves you wanting more with each page. There were times that I couldn’t put the book down (which isn’t easy with two little boys constantly wanting my attention) and it drew me in from the start. There were characters who I liked and then there were the characters who I didn’t. I was a fan of poor tortured Marco, the outsider of the family who had married for love into a wealthy, judgemental unit. And I was not a fan of Anna’s ‘father’ who is what can only be described as a ‘spoilt brat’.

On finishing this book I was very happy with how it ended; the story takes you through many twists and turns and each page leaves us asking, ‘what has happened to baby Cora?’

This was an amazing book by the very talented author Shari Lapena; I look forward to reading more from her.

I would give this 4/5 ⭐️