I’m not going to go too much into the plot of this story; it’s only twelve pages long and giving too much a way would weaken its impact. However, I will say that this short story does everything right.
The supernatural elements are interesting and in depth enough to give this short story an initial hook. But the supernatural is not the point of the story.
The supernatural is a set up to explore the theme of this story; forgiveness vs justice. More specifically, it questions the fairness of the Catholic concept of the forgiveness of sins. These are heavy themes, and in only twelve pages it says everything it needs to and gives the reader food for thought. Owing to its subject matter, it’s dark, gripping, tragic and thought provoking.
The ending is very satisfying and has a great sense of catharsis. At its core, Mama Cried – is sort of justice fantasy. In a world where awful things happen all the time and there’s no accountability, this type of story gives us an escape to a place where this is not the case.
This is a gripping short pages and definitely worth the $1.59 it took to download, and the time it took to read.
RATING: 5 knocks from the devil at your door / 5