Short Story Review “Ravine Lereux” By E. Denise Billups


Olivia and Edward Lereux live a quiet life with their chocolate Border collie, Axel in a picturesque cottage flanked by Maine’s blustery cliffs, far from town and people. Outwardly, their lives appear normal, but they’re not ordinary people. The Lereux family is cursed with something that has claimed their ancestors many years. When Ravine Lereux receives a distressing letter from her Uncle Edward, she must return to a place she swore never to return, a place that’s haunted by something, an abnormal presence she feared as a child. Now she must face it again. As she races to the aid of her aunt and uncle, she makes an unsettling discovery about herself and her family.


A short story based on the Supernatural. As this is a short story I wasn’t sure if the characters would work but wow this author really knows how to write a proper story. The characters grabbed me straight away. The underlying tension of the curse runs throughout and Ravine has no idea what to expect after she inherits a house from her relatives. Elements of the paranormal are expertly brought together and Ravine is a wonderfully complex character that brings this story to life. I have not read E. Denise Billups before but I’m definitely a new follower. I’m off to find more by this great author.

With Thanks to Henry Roi, Blackthorn Books

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