Countdown Cafe by Kristi Helvig #BookReview @KristiHelvig

Cover: Countdown Cafe
by Kristi Helvig

I could not resist – had to get this book (epub format) after reading the blurb.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

(by Goodreads)

In this speculative fiction short story, a teenager grieving the death of her twin sister stumbles across an unusual coffee shop only to discover that its inhabitants aren’t quite who they seem. It is a contemporary tale with a twist, reminiscent of The Twilight Zone. This story is from the award-winning anthology, Tick Tock: 7 Tales of Time, which was named a Finalist for the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Anthology category.

Genre(s): > One-Hour Literature & Fiction Short Reads
> Magical Realism
> One-Hour Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Reads
Series: n.a.
Length: 43 pages
Release date: 2017-07-15



The opaque, frosted glass window is etched with a steaming cup of coffee next to a croissant. An intricately carved wooden sign hangs over the door saying Café au Lait in fancy cursive writing. Sophie would have loved this place. I don’t understand how I missed this shop before; however, judging by the sparsely populated parking lot, it must go unnoticed by many. It bothers me that I can’t see through the window.

My Opinion

This book introduces you to to a teenager who lost her twin nearly a year ago.

With Countdown Café”, Kristi Helvig has created a tenderly narrated and thought-provoking story that kept me glued to my Kindle. Kristi Helvig gets you very close to the main character as the story proceeds; I felt with her right from the start. The story is about bereavement and how a teenager handles the loss of her twin sister. The story has a good flow; it certainly will not leave you unaffected as it is touching and has a fabulous paranormal touch.

This is a book for you if you like well-told unusual stories, psychology, and food for thought.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (appropriate)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none to speak of)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (none)


About the author

Kristi Helvig is a Ph.D. clinical psychologist turned sci-fi/fantasy author. Her debut sci-fi novel, BURN OUT (Egmont USA/Lerner Publishing), was called “a scorching series opener not to be missed” by Kirkus Reviews. Her latest book, KILLER POINTE (Dark Edge Publishing) is an urban fantasy involving a teen who plans to fund her dreams of Juilliard School for dance in this world by serving as an assassin in a parallel fairy tale world. Kristi muses about Star Trek, space monkeys, and other assorted topics at and on Twitter (@KristiHelvig). Kristi resides in sunny Colorado with her hubby, two kiddos, and behaviorally-challenged dogs.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Countdown Café”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Countdown Café” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂








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