The Hollow Woman
A Murder Short Story
Mystery: Suspense, Mystery: Thriller
May 4, 2020
Available in: e-Book
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 is the Edgar- and ITW Thriller Award- nominated author of eight novels of mystery and suspense, including The Stranger Inside (Publishers Weekly starred review), and the Bliss House gothic novels and stories. Her latest book is a compilation of her short fiction, When I Make Love to the Bug Man: Collected Stories. Her stories have appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Strand Magazine, and in numerous anthologies. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, she lives in Southern Illinois with her family.