My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Buy Link: Amazon.com
Jo-Beth Shepherd happens upon a young woman about to jump into the river. She saves Camilla, though she’s spooked by her assertion that they know one another. They spend the night together, and in the morning Camilla is gone. Only she’s not gone. And she’s not alive. Instead her jealous spirit has tethered itself to Jo-Beth, and only by facing up to a tragic event in the past can she save her life in the present.
I received this short story when it was free on Amazon, and I have to say it was a most chilling read. Excellent descriptions really set the scene and the characters are well-fleshed out. Camilla is terrifying in her jealousy, striking out at a woman that Jo-Beth takes home, yet I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her.
This is a great lesbian ghost story, perfect for a read on any dark night. It’s fairly short but does a good job of making you feel nervous and unsettled. The only reason it didn’t earn a higher score is that I felt it could have been an amazing novel with more time spent on the tension and ramping up the fear that Camilla causes. I would have liked to have seen more of the attraction between Jo-Beth and her best friend, perhaps a deeper relationship between them. There’s also a character introduced at the end who we barely meet, and he could have used a little more time on-page. Still, Camilla is good for what it is and I recommend it to anyone looking for a lesbian horror story.