The Story: Three years after the demise of her seventeen year marriage, Mandy Russell decides to jump back into the choppy waters of the dating world. With very little options available in her small town of Bainsville, Tennessee, Mandy lets her best friend Shawna persuade her into joining and online dating site.
Feeling she has met someone she can really connect with, Mandy decides it’s time to meet face to face with her new suitor, unaware of his true plans for her. Dark, sinister plans that will test Mandy’s physical strength, mental fortitude and will to survive.
Will Mandy prevail or will she become number seventy-five?
The Review: Never lets go of you until the end. The New York Daily News claims that one-third of couples today met online and that over 75% of singles, at some point, have tried a web-based dating service. And we’ve all heard the amusing stories from our friends and paid witness to countless reality TV dating experiences.
What are the hallmarks of on-line dating? Very similar to blind-dating in general – anticipation, awkwardness, relief, sometimes dashed expectations – and every once in a while, a powerful life changing experience. This short story includes all of the above.
Ashley Fontainne, bless her wicked soul, adds something else to the mix. A serial killer. And she doesn’t fool around. Seventy Five is as taut as a war drum – as fast as a fleeing victim. If you have never read Fontainne before, this will be a perfect introduction to her no-holds-barred style.