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Review:blueirony says:
Okay, all I am going to say is that at least I got around to completing your review request before 2011 ends. Let's leave it at that.

That was... I was not expecting that. At all. At all, at all, at all.

Wait... what?

She can't have just... but she... and the... but...

You, my dear writer, have managed to do the impossible. No, you haven't just rendered me speechless but you have rendered me thoughtless. Man, I know that stories have twists and turns but I was not expecting that. Wow. You did it brilliantly, though.

You should know something. I have this thing where I hate romances that end in tragedy. I just find them a little... contrived. And they really don't do anything for me. They just aren't real.

This was different.

I don't know what it was. But you made me like this. Love this. Adore this. And I don't get why since it has all the makings of something I would hate. Well, whatever you did, keep on doing it. Because I loved it!

The flow was really good. Which is strange considering how sudden the twist was. I loved the way you described how Dominique finally felt like a Delacour. And those little mentions of the rest of her family really rounded her character off. And I could sense her excitement and happiness. I loved that. She was just an ordinary girl on the most special day of her life and you wrote it well.

Then the walk along the beach. The strange this is that it didn't seem ominous or foreboding. It was just Dominique taking a walk on the beach. And then your twist came and I just...

It was so sudden. But it kind of... fit? I don't know. It's a terrible and horrible way to end the story but it worked. And I think I understand what you were trying to do.

That last flashback with her and Liam just broke my heart, though. They really seemed so lovely together and it's horrible to think that they would never have a future together. And of all the days to happen, it had to have been the wedding day! Maybe I'm just a sucker for romance (I am!) but that scene just shoved a knife into my heart and twisted hard. I loved reading it, though.

I do wonder who the killer was. Part of me wants to know his story and what drove him to do what he did, but then another part of me likes that you kept his identity undisclosed. It kind of forced me to focus my attention on the beauty of her and Liam's relationship and nothing else.

This was a really thought-provoking and beautifully written piece. I haven't read any of the other reviews but if anyone ever tells you that this was not a good piece because it didn't end happily, please know that I am of the firm opinion that this was perfect.

Well done!

Joop.

PS. Apologies times a thousand for taking a good 5 months to get around to this review!

Author's Response: *jaw drops*

JOOP. Oh my gosh.

I completely forgot I requested a review from you, and to be honest, I'm glad I forgot because it made this so much more of a surprise :D

This is amazing, and you made my day. Possibly my week/month/year/lifetime. Just...wow.

Haha, you're a sucker for romance? ME TOO. This was completely different from the stuff I usually write (I'd never delved into the horror/dark area at all before this), but once the idea occurred to me to have her murdered...I couldn't seem to resist it. This was intended to be a nice and happy one-shot, but that clearly backfired!

As for the killer's identity...well, I've had a few reviewers tell me I should do a follow up and explain that, and I can never decide. I initially did not intend to, and I still don't really have anything planned out as to what would happen after this scene.

Who knows :P

I'm glad you liked it, and I can't thank you enough. Thank you so, so much for you utterly jaw dropping review!

-Giola


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