Apr 19 2016

A Review of The Wrong Woman by J. Scrimm

The Wrong Woman by J. Scrimm

The Wrong Woman by J. Scrimm

There are some stories in which the main character is dislikable from the first word of the story. There are those characters which you know, fully, there will be something bad happening to them because that is, as a whole, expected just from who they are made out to be.

Many times what happens to them has a certain amount of poetic license. That, in a way, they have what is coming to them and they deserve it fully.

The thing is, when most of the story tells of how horrid they are, that takes away from the other character in the work that just leaves one wondering about them… and wanting to know more, but that never comes.

  • Title: The Wrong Woman
  • Author: J. Scrimm
  • Length: 11 Pages
  • ASIN: B015G7TG0Q
  • Publishing Date: September 15, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The story tells of:

A sadistic pervert with a badge sits on a back road, watching and waiting for drunk driving women to victimize. Tonight he picks the wrong woman to stop.

John is a police officer who’s morals simply do not exist and he is proud of that. Waiting for his next victim, he encounters a redhead driving a red Corvette and finds that the universe has a way to bring about justice… in time.

The work tells a story that revolves around a main character that is simply unlikable and being so, and seeing the book summary, one expects that something is going to happen to him. The thing is that most of the story tells about his past, the crimes he had committed, the lives he has ruined and more. There’s more time spent on making him the worst he can possibly be than there is on the actual encounter in which justice is served.

In this work, Lilith, who is exactly who you would expect her to be, appears for about three full pages and through that short appearance is a far more interesting character. That isn’t just because she is Lilith, but it’s more of her attitude, the expression of her power, and the way she just takes over the story that causes it to take a turn, if not for the better, than certainly to make it more interesting.

Lilith is written to be seductive for a moment, but then she moves towards being evil, destructive, and, as an aside, more of an avenging angel as a whole. There’s a certain poetic justice in what she does, as horrific as it is. Past the climax of the work, there’s an interesting little hint towards what could be next, and the examination of how far humans can do evil things.

Overall, I didn’t care for the work because of how much time was spent in talking about John’s past and building up the dislike for him. While I understand the point, for me at least, Lilith is more interesting and not learning about her I think was disappointing. It’s assumed that the reader knows something about her, has an idea at least, and then the author moves directly towards the abrupt ending. It is a work of horror, there’s no question. But it is the horror of what one person can do to others. The supernatural horror of Lilith, as brutal and violent as it is, really cannot compare with that.

Written well, though the characters were not developed much. Lilith had a presence, which worked well, but John himself just sucked the oxygen out of the story and his presence remained the overwhelming focus.

I wonder what it would have been like to see things from Lilith’s perspective in the time before John encountered her. What she was thinking, why she was focused on John exactly. There is good reason in the story, which is lightly told, but I wanted to know more.

Two and a half out of five pitchforks.

Too much reading of John justifying himself which really takes too much out of the story, and far too little about Lilith where the story could have turned the corner into something more than it was.



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