Sisters Danielle and Susie don’t get along. Danielle is the dramatic one, the younger sister always wanting attention. Susie is the older one, a writer for a local publication and the one who feels most responsible for her family. So when Danielle meets up with Susie to talk about how her husband Simon is controlling her, no one could guess at how it would end up.
Simon is older than Danielle, and a very successful banker. But he starts to put her down, separates her from her friends, convinces her to stay at home instead of pursuing the acting that she loves.
Then Danielle is in a car accident. She was unharmed, fortunately, but she immediately blamed Simon for doing something to her brakes. When the police questioned Susie about it, she told them that her sister was overly dramatic and that Simon would never do that. He just wasn’t the “killing type.”
As the months go by, Danielle and Simon divorce, and then he inexplicably takes up with Susie. Is he really in love with her, or is he just using her to get back at Danielle? And when he turns his controlling ways on her, how will Susie react? Will she go quietly like Danielle, or will she write herself a different ending?
Jane Corry’s short story The Killing Type is a quick treat for anyone wanting an introduction to her twisty tales or just for a fast piece to read on a quick commute. With her signature twistiness, complex characters, and lovely writing style, Corry takes on the competition that comes from two sisters who grew up in each other’s shadows. With lots of surprises in this short piece, The Killing Type is filled with all the best of Jane Corry’s style in a concise, free (!) tale of the relationships that make us and break us.
Also includes an excerpt from her novel The Dead Ex.