Shoot Me by Lesley Crewe
|March 6, 2014||Posted by Darlene Tobin under Canadian, Drama, Fiction|
Elsie Brooks’ life was already utterly insane. With her estranged husband living in her basement and her unemployed “supposedly novel writing” needy sister living in her attic, the last thing she needed was an unexpected letter from her ninety odd year old archaeologist aunt, Hildy, declaring she was coming back to her old homestead to die.
Elsie felt overwhelmed with the chaos and wondered where on earth she would fit Hildy in her house that was already fully occupied. As she internally questioned her aunts reasoning for wanting to come home to die and, of course, the insanity of that idea, Elsie let the letter slip to the soaking wet floor and let her already waterlogged body slip deeper under the bubbles in the tub. She did not need this now. She called the family together that evening; including her husband Graham, her sisters Faith and Juliet, and her girls Dahlia and Lily. No one was happy; and certainly not Lily who would have to give up her bedroom—a bedroom that used to be Aunt Hildy’s.
Dahlia and her fiancé Slater had the privilege of picking up dear old aunt Hildy from the airport the next day. When Slater saw her wearing a turban and gown he let out a chuckle as he thought this woman looked like she belonged in the desert and not here in Halifax. Dahlia quickly poked him in the arm to stop. As they sauntered forward to introduce themselves, Hildy eyeballed them briefly and then sternly asked to go to the car. Eyebrows were raised, but they led her to the car. No one in the Brooks household was happy about Aunt Hildy’s arrival. All they knew was that it was going to cause an awful lot of distress and uneasiness. But what they didn’t know was Aunt Hildy was bringing with her quite a handful of surprises and secrets that would turn their already chaotic home into an even bigger whirlwind of turmoil!
Shoot Me is a muddle of drama, suspense, secrecy and betrayal that is seemingly tearing apart a family, but ultimately in the end winds up bringing the family closer than they have ever been. It’s a delightful read with many twists and turns that will surely keep its reader turning the pages.
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