The Text by Claire Douglas

A short story

A single text changed her life. Did it end his?

Emily Latimer is furious. Her boss Andrew is being so unreasonable, as always. She fires off a text to her boyfriend, only in her haste she sends it to her whole office group.

In it she says Andrew’s being difficult about letting her have time off work. That she is angry. That she hopes he dies. The next day her face burns in the office. No one believes her when she says it was a typo, she meant to say does. She hopes he does.

It’s a nightmare. But it gets worse – Andrew doesn’t turn up for work. And then the police come knocking. Because Andrew Burton has been murdered . . .


I have not managed to read anything by Claire Douglas as yet so grabbed this short story and I am so glad I did.  It was a brilliant introduction to this very talented author.

This was a very thrilling twenty minutes full of suspense, twists and turns.  My only complaint was that the story ended way too quickly.

I have now borrowed Do Not Disturb from my local library and already started it!


  • TITLE: The Text: A Short Story
  • AUTHOR: Claire Douglas
  • PUBLISHER: Penguin
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 31 August 2017
  • ASIN: B073XY41QH
  • FORMAT: ebook
  • LENGTH: 40 pages



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Claire Douglas always wanted to write novels and, after many years of trying to get published, her dream came true when she won the Marie Claire Debut Novel Award in 2013 with THE SISTERS. Her subsequent novels LOCAL GIRL MISSING and LAST SEEN ALIVE both reached the Sunday Times top ten bestsellers list and are published in over fifteen countries. Her fourth thriller, DO NOT DISTURB was released in August 2018.

You can find Claire Douglas on TwitterFacebookGoodreads and Instagram






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