Short Story Review: The Drive-Thru Window

Happy Hump Day Book Lovers,

I hope you’re excited that this week is halfway over. I am, but mainly because I have a small get-together on Friday that I can’t wait for. Social interaction comes so rarely these days that you just have to enjoy every minute of it while it’s there (while staying safe of course).

Anywho, I finished a short read yesterday, The Drive-Thru Window by Tammie Painter.



Fun fact, I was listening to the Book Owl Podcast‘s (also created by Tammie Painter) Halloween episode when Tammie politely reminded her audience that there was a creepy short story available on her Payhip site. I couldn’t resist picking it up, especially with the promise of vampires. I love them so much!

Guilty confession: I also may have purchased some more short stories from her in the process. Meh, I can’t help myself!

So what did I think of this story? Keep on scrolling, peeps!


Roy owns the only drive-thru funeral home in the state of Maine. With such an unconventional business, Roy’s come to expect the occasional prank – namely students from the nearby medical school leaving cadavers outside his drive-thru window.

But this latest joke isn’t the quite the same. This cadaver appears well-dressed, shows no signs of decomposition, and doesn’t need any support to keep it from flopping over. Even more peculiar? It’s begging to be let in.


The Review

I gave this short story five stars!

This was the perfect light read for my day. Roy is a questionable businessman running a drive-thru funeral home. He’s used to the pranks from the nearby college involving cadavers, but when he finds a person smooshed up against his drive-thru window begging to be let in, his world is forever changed.

Despite his shortcomings, I really liked the character of Roy. He’s flawed, selfish and willing to do anything to make his business prosper. As we learn more about him and the story unfolds, I couldn’t help but wonder if all of this was some kind of karmic payback for his shady business dealings.

The plot was great! I mean, you’ve got this almost dead person up against a drive-thru window begging to be let in. That’s terrifying! Roy’s reaction made total sense, and though I can’t spoil anything, I can tell you I would not let that person inside! That situation has weird written all over it. I loved the end result of this story, and I was hanging on the edge of my seat the entire time.

The writing was expertly done, easy to follow, and I was able to blast through this short story on my lunch break. Can’t get much better than that!

If you’re looking for a quick bookish bite, The Drive-Thru Window is a wonderful little macabre story to give a read.

Happy Reading!


That’s A Wrap!

Well that’s it for this short story review. I hope you enjoyed it!

Have you read this story? Are there other short stories you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!

Have a great day!


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  1. Haha…bookish “bite” I see what you did there :)) I’m so happy you liked this little tidbit. Roy was a fun character to sort out, especially his thrifty-to-the-extreme behavior. Thanks for the review!

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