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Length: 20 minutes. She was 14 when she watched mother die. With her mother gone, her father told her she had to be the woman of the house. And then he went away for six months. Now she's got a surprise for him. This short story by New York Times best-selling author Karin Slaughter is taken from the exclusive audiobook collection The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories. Length: 20 minutes. She was 14 when she watched mother die. With her mother gone, her father told her she had to be the woman of the house. And then he went away for six months. Now she's got a surprise for him. This short story by New York Times best-selling author Karin Slaughter is taken from the exclusive audiobook collection The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories.


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Length: 20 minutes. She was 14 when she watched mother die. With her mother gone, her father told her she had to be the woman of the house. And then he went away for six months. Now she's got a surprise for him. This short story by New York Times best-selling author Karin Slaughter is taken from the exclusive audiobook collection The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories. Length: 20 minutes. She was 14 when she watched mother die. With her mother gone, her father told her she had to be the woman of the house. And then he went away for six months. Now she's got a surprise for him. This short story by New York Times best-selling author Karin Slaughter is taken from the exclusive audiobook collection The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories.

30 review for Necessary Women

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    12/14/2015 Re-Read: I re-read this super short story while reading Karin Slaughter's short-story collection: Three Twisted Stories. Yes, this story feels just as twisted the second time around! 08/12/2015: Imagine my surprise when the library audiobook I downloaded ended after only twenty minutes! Yes, that's how short Necessary Women is. I loved it though and I want to read more! In this very brief story, author Karin Slaughter manages to incorporate some pretty dark issues related to abandonment, 12/14/2015 Re-Read: I re-read this super short story while reading Karin Slaughter's short-story collection: Three Twisted Stories. Yes, this story feels just as twisted the second time around! 08/12/2015: Imagine my surprise when the library audiobook I downloaded ended after only twenty minutes! Yes, that's how short Necessary Women is. I loved it though and I want to read more! In this very brief story, author Karin Slaughter manages to incorporate some pretty dark issues related to abandonment, incest, secrets, and (view spoiler)[twisted murder (hide spoiler)] . The story is told through the perspective of a fourteen-year-old girl, and for such a short story, it felt pretty haunting. Couldn't help but love the super dark elements! I just ate it up hehe I would recommend Necessary Women, but maybe try it as part of an anthology instead as a standalone experience like I did. I listened while doing some yard work, and then when the audio was over, I was so stunned I didn't quite know what to do...I just stood there with a pair of hedge clippers in my hands wondering what the hell just happened. I've never read Karin Slaughter before, so if anything, this story has me very intrigued about a new-to-me author. Check it out! Necessary Women can be found as a standalone audiobook and also in the following collections (as of August 2015):

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pani

    Wait. WTF?!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Siobhan

    I got my hands on this short story through Three Twisted Stories. This one is a mere handful of pages in which we see inside the mind of a young girl who has been dealt a lousy set of cards. In my opinion, the only real Slaughter vibe is through how we come to understand the character. Actually, that’s not quite true. There is talk of rape. Everyone knows we cannot have a Slaughter book without one of the females being a victim of rape (it is her go to when trying to add more to a character and i I got my hands on this short story through Three Twisted Stories. This one is a mere handful of pages in which we see inside the mind of a young girl who has been dealt a lousy set of cards. In my opinion, the only real Slaughter vibe is through how we come to understand the character. Actually, that’s not quite true. There is talk of rape. Everyone knows we cannot have a Slaughter book without one of the females being a victim of rape (it is her go to when trying to add more to a character and is usually unnecessary as in my eyes are her females are always wonderful, but that is neither here nor there and a personal rant of mine). As much as I hate to do it, I did not enjoy this short story at all and had to give it one star.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amber Chance

    Gross. But also sad. But still gross.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Um, so this VERY short story packed a huge punch. I don’t know what it says about me that I wished it was a little longer because I fee like there was so much more to the story.... but very well done.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anita O'brien

    Short, shocking, very disturbing but amazingly well done.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lois

    Short but chilling

  8. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    Super short and creepy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elyssa (Elyssa's Editions)

    This is a short story from the Queen of Thrillers, Karin Slaughter. It is just 20 minutes in length and was available from my library, so I figured it would be a nice thing to enjoy on my lunch hour. It paints a vivid image despite its short length and like all of her work, it did not disappoint.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    So twisty that I found my self saying "wait, what?" So twisty that I found my self saying "wait, what?"

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Mitchell

    I mean.... wow! LOL. It's a short story, yet it conveyed so much. Standard Slaughter, which is a GOOD thing! I mean.... wow! LOL. It's a short story, yet it conveyed so much. Standard Slaughter, which is a GOOD thing!

  12. 4 out of 5

    MsJohnson

    Book #15 of the Book-a-Day Christmas reading challenge.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dawnette

    i had the audio book and im so mad because the book was only about 20 min. was this a joke!!!! the story was good, is there a complete book out there some where or is that it?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    audiobook VERY creepy.

  15. 4 out of 5

    EK Williams

    Very dark, very gruesome, very Karin!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alisha

    Disturbing little short story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nickie

    Very short piece of writing. I caught a little bit more of the hidden gems the second time reading. Sadly, I am sure some young ladies have been forced to grow up and be the woman of the house.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sandi

    Very disturbing. I did audio at bedtime. Wrong decision

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    Alright, it was pretty predictable in my opinion.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Twisted short story.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Trinity

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Yuck!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Maryanne

    Well that's not what I thought that would be. Well that's not what I thought that would be.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Rayton

    File under WTF?!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nicky Morris

    It's Karin, so 5 stars....but this is the most disturbing thing I've ever read! Like, ever! It's Karin, so 5 stars....but this is the most disturbing thing I've ever read! Like, ever!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chelsey Lepinski

    It’s hard to give this 4 stars. It was so disturbing. Short 20 minute listen. But totally didn’t see the ending coming.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Whoa...what the... 🤢🤢🤢

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ke

    4.5 holy cow!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Huyser

    Who knew such a short story could leave me speechless for so long. I'm shook. Who knew such a short story could leave me speechless for so long. I'm shook.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ariana

    I listened to this... twice. It’s been a while since I read Slaughter and now I’m remembering, as I listen, wide-eyed and saying “what!?” out loud to myself, how insane her story lines are!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    A short story. Dark and disturbing.

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