Ten After Closingby Published 04 Sep 2018
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10PM: Closing time at Cafe Flores. The door should be locked, but it isn't, Scott Bradley and Winsome Sommervil are about to become hostages.
TEN MINUTES BEFORE CLOSING: Scott's girlfriend breaks up with him over the phone while he's in the cafe's basement storeroom because he's late picking her up for the big end-of-the-year party. Now he can't go to the party, but he can't go home, either--not knowing if his dad will still be in a drunken rage. Meanwhile, Winny wanted one night to let loose, away from her mother's crushing expectations. Instead, she's stranded at the cafe after her best friend ditches her in a misguided attempt at matchmaking.
TEN MINUTES AFTER CLOSING: The first gunshot is fired. Someone's dead. And if Winny, Scott, and the rest of the hostages don't come up with a plan soon, they may not live to see morning.
Told from both Winny and Scott's perspectives, and alternating between the events leading up to and following the hold-up, Ten Past Closing is an explosive story of teens wrestling with their own challenges, thrown into circumstances that will test their very limits.
"Ten After Closing" Reviews
Scott and Winny were already having a pretty bad day, but it turned deadly ten minutes after closing.
• Pro: The format of this book was brilliant. It was told from before and after "closing". After moved forward and focused primarily on the hold-up, while before moved backward and focused largely on Winny and Scott's family issues and feelings for each other. The flips were well orchestrated, and the backward storytelling kept me curious.
• Pro: I got the impression, that Winny and Scott were both prisoners - literally during the hold-up and figuratively due to family expectations and demands. They were wrestling with some big decisions regarding their futures, but their families sort of robbed them of their autonomy and limited their choices. I thought Bayliss handled this quite well, as their struggle and emotions regarding the situation were crystal clear.
• Pro: Oscar and Pavan were such great parts of this cast. The addition of Oscar lent believability to some of the actions the hostages took, and Pavan was just a wonderful character, who I really enjoyed meeting.
• Pro: I thought it was a smart choice to include Winny and Scott's backstories, as well as their possible romance. Those "before" pieces were what made this feel YA to me, and not just like a hostage story.
• Pro/Con: There were parts of the ending I was wholeheartedly pleased with. The reactions and responses seemed appropriate and they made me happy. Though I questioned a few choices made for Scott, I did like that the idea of forgiveness was included, because I don't think it's uncommon for people surviving a life or death situation to gain more perspective on things.
• Pro: It was so easy to like Scott and Winny, as well as Scott+Winny. I admired their strength and ambition, and at the same time, I empathized with them regarding their home lives.
Overall: A fast-paced story, which combined a hostage thriller with a teen family drama for a satisfying reading experience.
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
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Since TEN AFTER CLOSING was one of my most anticipated new reads of September 2018, I felt more let down by the execution than I would have expecting an average read.
Recent high school graduates Scott and Winnie are among several hostages in a restaurant robbery. Told in both Scott’s and Winnie’s first and third person points of view the story line shifts throughout the day and evening of the incident.
Winnie suffocates under her one-dimensional parent’s’ expectations. Scott hopes his mother will leave his violent father. The two had a near-miss romance (because what’s a hostage drama without a little unrequited love).
Jessica Bayliss’s characters lack dimension, particularly the parents. I did enjoy Scott and Winnie, though nothing stood out about them.
I enjoyed the hostage part of the story, but not the illegal drug/gun aspect which felt contrived and beyond belief. Also, if some of the other hostages had been teens they could have added to my interest in the plot.
***Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review***
First off, this was a quick and interesting read. I wouldn't say it was a thriller or really suspenseful in a big way...but it was good.
The character development was good for the most part. The story was told from the pov of two high school kids, Scott and Winny. The story also alternates between flashbacks and in the moment events. I kind of like that, but kind of don't....the flashbacks weren't really of any importance, in my opinion.
Scott had a more important story line, he was dealing with some intense home life situations that I felt should have been priority number one for him to fix. Domestic abuse is not okay, and the story line was more about him and girls. The ending and what Scott did, or didn't do, regarding his dad...I hated that part. I felt like that was the LAST thing he should have done.
Winny had an even less interesting back story. Overbearing parents who want her to go to certain colleges and major in certain things. Her story is full of her lying to her parents and pursuing art instead.
The REAL story I want to know about is between Sylvie and Ryan. Sylvie is the wife in the wife and husband run cafe where all the events take place. Ryan is her drug dealing brother. There is a lot of tension and hard feelings between the two and is the whole reason everything in the book goes down like it does. Oscar, Sylvie's husband, is awesome and I want to know more about him!
Overall, "Ten After Closing", was a quick and fun read that I think had some major potential to be really exciting, but it was just missing....something. The writing style was great and the flow of the book was nice, no complaints there. I think Jessica has great potential and I can't wait to go check out some of her other works!
Effortlessly juggles the past and the present on top of dual perspectives, gradually building not just a riveting hostage situation but characters (and a relationship!) worth rooting for. A fun and compelling read!
TEN AFTER CLOSING is a story about some people taken hostage in a cafe. It is told from two viewpoints.
Scott is a recent high school graduate contemplating his future. He has offers with scholarships to a number of colleges but the best deal would keep him living at home for the next four years. His home is a battlefield. He is physically abused by his drunken father who lost his job over two years ago. His mother is a major enabler who is constantly making excuses for his father and ignoring the fact that her son is being abused. Scott gives most of his earning from his job at Cafe Flores to his mother to pay the bills.
Winny Sommervil is also part of an abusive family. In her case, her abuse is emotional. She feels she needs to live up to her parents high expectations in order to win their love and support. Unfortunately, they want her to be a doctor. She hasn't told them that the sight of blood makes her faint. She is secretly an artist and had received an acceptance letter to an art school. She's afraid to tell her parents about it in case they throw her out of the house.
Scott and Winny care for each other. In fact, they dated briefly until Winny became just too busy trying to meet her parents' demands to sustain a relationship with Scott. Scott then entered a relationship with Becky but the night of the hostage crisis begins with Becky dumping him because she feels she isn't a high priority with him.
Just after closing, three men enter the cafe and take the owner and her husband, Scott, Winny, and two customers hostage. One of the men is the owner's brother Ryan. Her husband Oscar had recently fired him after catching him dealing drugs out of the cafe. Sylvie, the owner, has always taken care of her brother but he resents her because he feels she hasn't done enough for him.
The hostage situation immediately turns violent. One of the customers is murdered. The men get even more enraged when they discover that a bank deposit had been made and there isn't the amount of money in the till to meet their needs to pay off their drug dealers.
I liked most of the story. I thought that the panic and inability to function that Winnie shows was a pretty realistic reaction to the trauma. I liked that Scott wanted to protect Winny and the rest of the people there. It showed his personality as someone who has to take care of others.
I didn't like the fact that the story was not told in a linear way. Different chapters went back to earlier parts of what was already an awful day for both Winny and Scott. Other chapters described what was happening during the hostage crisis. The story was violent with a number of people getting shot and a few being killed.
Fans of intense, realistic thrillers will enjoy this story.