Book Title:
The Gift
Book Author:
Alison Gaylin
Book Series:
Hush, #5
Page Count:
Publishing Date:
July 30th, 2020
Amazon Original Stories
Date Read:
March 3rd, 2021
Kindle Edition
Prime Reading


What’s a desperate mother to do when her child suddenly disappears? Anything it takes to keep the family together in USA Today bestselling author Alison Gaylin’s short story with a sting.

It’s dreaded news for actress Lyla McCord and her husband, Nolan. Their eight-year-old daughter has vanished. To find her, Nolan reaches out to a psychic gifted with uncanny visions about the lost girl. But Lyla thinks she sees right through him. Is he a con artist or the real thing? Either way, he might be telling the truth. And that’s too frightening for Lyla to bear.

Alison Gaylin’s The Gift is part of Hush, a collection of six stories, ranging from political mysteries to psychological thrillers, in which deception can be a matter of life and death. Each piece can be read or listened to in one truly chilling sitting.

My Review

The Gift is the fifth short story in the Amazon Original Stories Hush collection, which features short mysteries and thrillers that are designed to keep you on the edge of your seat while you read through each installment in one sitting. That’s one of the reasons I have been loving these short stories so much – I can usually read through a short story without being interrupted by anything, since most of them tend to be under forty pages or so.

“Lyla takes a deep breath – the last one she’ll be able to take for a long time. ‘What does this problem concern?’ she says.
‘Your daughter, Fidelity,’ he says. ‘It appears she’s gone missing.'”

The Gift by Alison Gaylin follows actress Lyla and her actor husband, Nolan. The two of them live a high-profile lifestyle, and they often aren’t home to care for their eight year old daughter as often as they would like to be, so they have a nanny that helps to care for her.

“What is acting, she wonders, other than lying?
And what is lying other than a way to survive?”

However, one day Lyla and Nolan’s daughter goes missing from school, Lyla and Nolan spring into action to locate her – even going as far as to hire a psychic to try and find their daughter. However, Lyla does not think that there is any way that this man could possibly know where their daughter is – he has to be a fraud, right?

Or wrong?

“I don’t want to know the truth. I  never want to know the truth. But the truth finds me. And it won’t leave me alone…”

Even more frightening is the fact that this man may know more than Lyla wants him to know.

The cover of this short story is beautiful!! I absolutely love looking at this one!

While The Gift wasn’t my favorite in the series, because I didn’t find it quite as memorable as some of the others, I did find myself enjoying it. In fact, I read through it rather quickly, because I was invested in the story while it was happening.

That being said, I didn’t really connect to the characters – I thought they seemed strange toward each other, almost as though the chemistry between them was forced.

The message, or plot of the story, really sent chills down my spine, though. It doesn’t matter how much money you have – when tragedy strikes, you can’t buy a fix to it. Especially when it involves one of your children.

This is really short, and has quite the twist at the end, so I’m not going to talk too much about it.

If you like psychological thrillers, this isn’t one to be missed!

4 stars
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