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No one likes Jack. His wife is gone and his neighbors avoid him. He's a recluse and a creep, and that's just the way he wants it; he can ignore what they say behind his back if they leave him to his work and his daily walks. But when ten-year-old Emma goes missing in the nearby woods, the eyes of his neighbors turn toward him, their fear and accusations escalating as the days go by. Jack proclaims his innocence, but what the neighbors - and the listener - find out is the last thing anyone would suspect.

Previously published as Finding Emma.

©2014 Matthew Iden (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 01-02-17

Delightful short story!

The title is a bit misleading in that the word kindness is tongue in cheek, but The Kindness of Neighbors is a wonderful short story. Luke Daniels does a great job of narration.

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 09-26-18

Awesome short story. Fabulous narration..

OMG! The last paragraph of this short story made the whole story about a missing 11 year old worth reading. I was absolutely flabbergasted.

Jacks neighbors thought he’d taken Emma and killed her, because he worked from home and was a little weird. Anyway, Jack found the girl but it didn’t seem to matter to his neighbors, they still treated him like crap.

I really can’t tell you much more without telling the whole short story and you really need to read this.

The F-bomb was used 1 time.

This was a free read and free listen from Amazon.

As to the narration: Love, love, love Luke Daniels. He brings everything he reads to life.

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Why novellas awesome

What did you love best about The Kindness of Neighbors?

Loved this novella. It really got under my skin...especially as a person who works from home. It's been a while since a story made me this anxious. :-)

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True thriller

Great writing and narration. The creepy single guy all but accused of kidnapping an 11 year old girl by all of his neighbors. Loved the ending.