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Cassie Lynn Buell

Cassie Lynn Buell is studying Psychology at Simpson University, and she hopes to eventually become a therapist. She has been writing since she was a young girl. Her writing has progressed over the many years due to the support of her parents, her sister, and her high school English teacher. She hopes to eventually become a published author, either in fiction or in the field of Psychology.

Story: Hostage



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It was great suspense, a great story. The ending was real: you can't always have the answers, you can only move on and heal. There were a few spelling errors, though, which can be easily fixed. I was a bit confused, though, as to how Mary could have known what her assailant hit her with? Could it have been there? Like Lisa, I was also wondering how Marcus could have known about James enough to use him as leverage, or her as leverage? I wonder if the piece was longer and you'd had to trim it for the word count and those details were lost.

Lisa Rose

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This is a good story, I did enjoy it. The inclusion of James in the kidnapping was suspenseful, but confusing. You need to add an explanation as to how he ended up there. It tugs the reader out of the story a little bit, wondering how Marcus managed to get James when he was supposed to be in military training (did James show up at her office, just as Marcus did?). Again a good story. If you have the time, please read my story, 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.


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I enjoyed this short story. It was thought provoking. I think the author has talent and I hope to see more from her.

suspense lover

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Great short story! I loved the fast pace. I also agree with the previous comment about subtle character development.


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Very engaging style. Keep writing Cassie!

M.J. Milner

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A good read. you are subtle at developing your characters inner lives. Please keep writing!

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