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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

"Just Dial A Number" by Edith Maxwell

Published:  1971
Archway Pocket Books

Cath took a deep breath.  Her voice came out ragged and raspy.  "Someone...tried...to...kill...me."

Complete silence.  For a moment she thought the connection was broken.  Then the sound of breathing started, quick and in little gasps, like someone trying to get enough air.  Todd stepped closer, moving the receiver away from her ear, so he could hear too.  He pointed to the phone, then to Cathy.  His lips formed the words, "Go on,"

Her hands were moist and her mouth dry.  "Someone tried to kill me," she gasped.

She was still holding the receiver so others could hear, but it wasn't necessary.  The next thing she knew, the telephone exploded.

"Mary Ann  Mary Ann!  Oh, my God, where are you?"

Cathy's stomach turned over, and she dropped the receiver on the desk with a crash.  Backing away, she shuddered and looked at the phone...as though it were alive.



Synopsis:

“Someone tried to kill me,” Cathy gasped into the phone. It was only a prank call dialed at random – a joke played by four teenagers fooling around. But what happened afterwards plunged them into a nightmare. By the next morning two people were dead because of that phone call. Keeping their guilt secret, Cathy, Todd, Paul and DeeDee had to live with the terror of being found out.


This was a very well-written story.  It leans more toward suspense than it does supernatural or horror.  

To make a long story short without giving away any spoilers, a group of teenagers make a seemingly harmless prank call.  Only, the unthinkable ensues.

As the main character, Cathy, gets pulled into the maelstrom of events, her complete life is thrown out of balance.  She dangles at a terrifying precipice between the guilt of truth and a string of lies that seem never ending.  Relationships are uprooted and trust wavers as life as she knew it is totally thrown askew.

The outcome does finally arrive, and it's every bit as scary as she expected it would be.

It's  great quick read.  Fun if you're interested in a lighter mystery.



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