The Hollow Woman

A Murder Short Story

by Laura Benedict

Gallowstree Press

Mystery: Suspense, Mystery: Thriller

May 4, 2020

Available in: e-Book

The Hollow Woman
by Laura Benedict

New baby. No sleep. Nasty Neighbor. Any woman might SNAP.

A story of obsession that first appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.

Cathy’s dream of new motherhood has turned into a surreal nightmare. Her darling baby never sleeps, her husband is always on the road, and her own mother lives far away. Her world has gotten very small: a crying baby, an empty fridge, and a view of her only neighbor’s house across the cul-de-sac. You’d think an older woman living alone would sympathize with her, and maybe even help a girl out. But the strange red-haired woman cuts Cathy dead. Try as she might to convince herself that everything is all right, that she has everything she always wanted, and is in control of her life, reality sends her into a dizzying spiral. When it all comes to a shuddering stop, she realizes there is only one solution to all of her problems.

Laura Benedict's Bio

Laura Benedict is the Edgar- and ITW Thriller Award- nominated author of seven novels of suspense, including the forthcoming The Stranger Inside (February 2019). Small Town Trouble, her latest book, is a cozy crime novel. Her Bliss House gothic trilogy includes The Abandoned Heart, Charlotte's Story (Booklist starred review), and Bliss House. Her short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, and in numerous anthologies like Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads, The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers, and St. Louis Noir. A native of Cincinnati, she lives in Southern Illinois with her family. Visit her at to read her blog and sign up for her quarterly newsletter.