The Octopus Nest, a short story by Sophie Hannah

imageFor my final short story this week I went for one of my favourite authors, Sophie Hannah. I found The Octopus Nest online at my local library. It’s from a full collection – The Fantastic Book of Everybody’s Secrets – and I guess was released as a teased (back in 2008 so I’ve missed it somehow).

In it, Claire and Tim come home to find their babysitter has made a rather strange discovery. The same woman is in almost all their holiday photos for the last decade. Album after album shows the same thing. They have, it seems, a stalker. Or at least that’s what Claire thinks. She might, though, be wrong.

At first I thought this was another spooky story but creepy is more like it. It’s also suspenseful and has a great twist in the tale, one I didn’t seem coming – which I love. It is well written, drawing me in quickly. The characters were well drawn, all through Claire’s eyes, and I felt my nerves stretch as I wondered just what was going on.

As I said, I missed the book this was taken from, but it’s now on order. I can’t wait for it to arrive and hope all the stories are as good as this one. Liked it a lot!


  1. I’m a big Sophie Hannah fan so thank you for reminding me what excellent short stories she writes!

    1. You’re welcome…I thought I had read all her books but guess not. Still a nice surprise!

  2. I love short stories. I’m in the middle of reading a couple of anthologies right now.

    Terri M., the Director
    Second Run Reviews

    1. Me too. I have been reading more and more recently. I think they can be so clever when well done.

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