Short Story Review: The Back Room

Hello World!

Now that Reaper:Aftermath‘s book release is all over with, things can go somewhat back to normal! Hooray!

A huge part of that is reading, so naturally it’s review time!

This time I read The Back Room, a short story by Tammie Painter.

Truth be told, I read this on Thursday because I didn’t want to start a new book with my looming release day, but I was too bored not to read something, so I found this story that I bought a month or two ago in my Kindle.

Tammie Painter’s works never disappoint, so I had high hopes. What did I think of this story? Keep on reading, folks!



Whining, growling, the sound of distressed bagpipes…what’s being kept in the back room?

Rachel’s first trip to England didn’t go as planned.

She didn’t plan on getting ditched by her best friend. She didn’t plan on getting left behind by her tour group. She didn’t plan on visiting a pet shop in York. And she most definitely didn’t plan for what she would discover when she followed a strange little man into the pet shop’s back room.



The Review

I gave this short story four and a half stars!

This short story centers on a woman named Rachel on her vacation overseas. After being left behind by her tour group, she decides to stroll around the streets. She finds a pet shop, where her life is irrevocably changed.

This was a fun 30-minute read for me.

The character Rachel felt real, especially with her reactions to what was happening around her. I’d be pretty PO’d if I’d been left behind on a tour group too.

The plot was simple but effective, and the writing was, as always, superb and easy to read. I don’t know why I thought this was something creepy when I bought it, but I still had a ton of fun reading it.

If I had to pick at anything, I’d say that I wish it was a bit longer. I wanted to know what happened next. It should also be said that I’m wishy washy like this usually on Painter’s short stories, so it’s probably just me at this point.

If you’re looking for a quick and entertaining read, this is definitely one worth checking out!


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. CONGRATS on surviving Release Day 🎉🎉🎉 This was a really fun story to write, so I’m glad you liked it. I think it was published somewhere, but now I can’t remember where (my brain is broken from too much Cassie Black). 😋

    • Aw, thanks for the digital flowers. They smell lovely!
      Yeah, it was a blast! I feel torn because I wanna gush but I don’t want to spoil anything.
      Haha, that is very understandable my friend! I’m going through some very hardcore edits on my current project and can hardly see straight.

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