Burned Toast

Screen Shot 2018-03-03 at 08.33.33Genre: Crime/Women’s Fiction


After escaping an abusive relationship, Melly builds a new life, far from her abuser. But, some men just won’t take no for an answer. What happens when Melly awakens in a strange place and comes face to face with the monster from her past? Is she strong enough to survive? Or is Jim angry enough to put an end to her running? “A gut-wrenchingly harsh emotional rollercoaster…”


Karen’s Book Buzz Review

Some stories just have to be told and this is told without embellishment and none was needed.

The facts speak for themselves and official statistics can show the number of incidents of domestic abuse recorded but the problem is always much bigger as many are just not reported.

Although presented as fiction, this story has elements of truth as behind closed doors, mental and physically violence is going on, even as you read this.  It’s important to highlight it in this way as its relatable as a story of fiction. I would imagine victims feel alone and cut off from the ‘real world’ and when they read a book such as this one, they may realise they are not alone, and will perhaps consider seeking help. At least I hope so.

The story begins straight away with the title of the story and the smell of toast as Melly realises she is is being restrained on the bed by her ex-partner. Despite suffering abuse, she had got out, only to be found and taken. Immediately the story is compelling, how was she  found and more importantly, how can she escape?

I think this story started out as an even shorter story and has been expanded on, and as I finished reading it, I could tell it could be expanded even more as there were things mentioned, but unresolved or hinted at and not fulfilled. It certainly shows you the a sample of what this author is capable of and worth seeking out her others stories.

Told in the first person, it is even more poignant as the reader can feel the main character’s terror, but also her sense of courage and survival. We get to learn how she first met Jim and how nice he had seemed. What followed was a slow build up of one off’s acts of violence.

A well told story of strength and courage and a quick read, worth delving in and finding out for yourself.

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4 thoughts on “Burned Toast

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  2. Reblogged this on Between the Beats and commented:
    Thanks to Karen Mossman for her review of my Electric Eclectic Novelette, “Burned Toast.” This was a painful short story for me to write as it is about a subject I am personally familiar with, domestic abuse. While the character in the story, Melly, has experiences that outweigh mine in intensity, any intimate partner violence is traumatic. In writing this book I drew from the stories of other survivors as well as my own past.


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