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My Rating - 2 out of 5 stars
Publisher - Penguin
Genre - Short Story/Crime/Thriller/Mystery
Publishing year - 2017
Language - English
Pages - 40

My Review - 

The Text by Claire Douglas is a crime thriller. It revolves around the sudden death of a person when a text accidentally sends into the office group. It will change the life of a female protagonist. The cover page is appealing, and that's one of the reasons I choose this book.

The main character is Emily Latimer; she works in an office under Andrew. Emily lives with her boyfriend, Stuart. She plans a trip to Edinburgh, but Andrew didn't give her time off. Furiously, she typed a text to send her boyfriend, but she sends it to the office group by mistake. The next day, a dead body was found. Emily creeps out when she found out that someone close to her did something horrible and having secrets. 

The story is fast-paced, but the plot didn't execute well. The story has an office romance, abusive behavior, gossip, jealousy, and suspense, but lacks proper characterization. A handful of characters didn't have a space to grow with time, and women portray it as a weak one. Men like Stuart and Andrew are easily seen in real life, who think that a woman has to stay at home and took care of children. The story starts with a text and ends with it too. The language is simple. I hope for a good suspense story, but Claire Douglas failed to deliver that. If you like short stories, then give it a try. 

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