The Friend

· Sallie Cochren
1 review

About this ebook

Jessica isn't your average fourth grader. The victim of bullying, Jessica wants nothing more than to have a friend of her own. When Aisha mysteriously shows up one day, Jessica finally finds an ally. However, Aisha may not be the friend she appears to be. When others begin to sense the dark presence of Jessica's unseen friend, will it be too late? Aisha will do anything to protect her own existence, even kill. She finds that she enjoys taking a human life so much that there may be no stopping her. How many people will Aisha kill? Can anyone ever stop someone who they can't even see? Will anyone be safe?

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1 review
Avery Northern
October 19, 2022
I think this had a really great plot and cool characters, but it definitely could have benefited from an editor. I don't mean spell check; I mean it needs a serious fat trim. There are all kinds of unnecessary details (for example, what Jessica's school teachers do when a kid misses the bus) and it ruins the pacing and tension. I had trouble getting into it because there was so much completely unnecessary info. I also felt like the characterization of Jessica could have benefited from the old adage of Show, Don't Tell. I don't need to be told every five lines that Jessica is bullied and lonely. I can see that from a few examples of the bullying going on. I liked her as a character. I thought she was relatable. But reading the same description of how shy and lonely she is over and over got old. All that said, I loved the concept. A shy, bullied girl creating an imaginary friend who's far more real and sinister than she appears. I also love the ending looping back to an earlier dream.
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About the author

Sallie Cochren has always loved a good story and enjoys a variety of genres. She started writing short stories and skits as a child, thinking it was a great way to spend her free time. She always wanted to write a book, but her teaching career kept her so busy that there was rarely time to write. When she retired, she finally had time to focus on her writing and fulfill her lifelong dream of writing a novel. Since then, she has published many stories and novels in a variety of genres that include fantasy, science fiction, dystopian fiction, paranormal, animal fiction and others. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys watching movies, reading, going for walks in nature and listening to music. She is also an animal lover and has shared her life with both cats and dogs. Her Alien Cats series and Let the Purring Begin were inspired by pets that she had at various stages of her life.

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