Your Thoughts?

Hello, friends,

Well, I’m in a bit of a quandary, and I’d like your input.  As I mentioned yesterday, I’m contemplating signing up for July’s Camp NaNoWriMo, and during the registration process, I have to list the title of the novel that I’ll be working on.

The next story I intend to write is a psychological thriller inspired by my daughter.  She’s currently doing quite well for herself, but in her youth and younger adulthood, she’s been with some rather unsavory characters (to say the least).

The story is about a mom who hates her daughter’s horrible boyfriends and husbands so much that she murders them and convinces the daughter that they simply left. Of course, due to the nature of the genre, there will be a few bends in the road before the huge twist ending.  😉

That said, I’m torn between two titles:

I like either

“The Assassin”


“Judge, Jury, Executioner.”

The first title has, as you can imagine, been used already — several times actually — but not in anything like this.  The second title has been used for TV episodes only.  But I don’t really care about that.  I just want what sounds the best and is most fitting for my story.

Which title do you prefer and why?  


My beautiful daughter Stefani


91 thoughts on “Your Thoughts?

  1. Judge, jury Executioner! I like this because, she isn’t starting out her ventures as an assassin. it’s their choices of how to be that in her mind cause her to be the serial killer she’s become. Sounds like it will be a great read. After all what mother hasn’t wanted to wish away a boyfriend of their child? Or perhaps an influential friend? It will be relatable concept- because even though we don’t act on that, we all know it is just that choice to not make them be gone that is the difference between us. Sounds like you will have the opportunity for some great bits of humor within as well as that edge of your seat kind of thing.Best wishes on this story.

  2. The latter of the two because an assassin does not sit comfortably within the genre – it invokes a gang hit or a political murder of sort. What about The Woman Who Played God?

  3. Assassin implies that she does it for money, or as a job, whereas the second fits better because she murders after having judged her daughter’s boyfriend to be unsuitable. Another vote for JJJE!

  4. To be honest I don’t like either, but I’d pick the second. Neither title really tells us anything about why your book is different than other horror/mystery or whatever genre you’re going for. I’m not sure about the tone of your novel either, but make sure title reflects that as well. I can’t think of any ideas myself, but maybe your title should be flavored by the mother/daughter relationship. For example: Mommy Dearest. When you know what the story is about, that title is super creepy. Good luck!

  5. I will differ a bit: Judge, Jury, Executioner? You need a third J. Jackal? Jim, Judge, Jury? Something with J. Dictionnary.
    I don’t dislike the first one, with a condition. if you write in the, first person form his perspective (!) you could use, “I, Assassin”
    Good luck!

  6. The second one is better…but it’s got some serious competition from Karina’s suggestion!

    The premise reminds me of a series of odd dreams I had a long time ago: I was burying bodies on the beach and in the back yard, until I ran out of room! Then, in the last dream, I asked my mother about what to do with the corpses, and she took it in a matter-of-fact way, saying something like, “Hm, that is a problem, isn’t it? Let me think about it.”

    When I told Ma about these dreams, she said, “I’m glad you came to me for advice! What did I say?” 🙂

  7. Honestly, I don’t care for either. Of the two, the second is better, but I don’t think either captures the feel that I think you are trying for. I would suggest something that emphasizes the familial relationship like “Mother Of The Bride” or “Mother Knows Best” or “What I Did For Love”.

    If you want to get a little more obscure (and I’m a huge fan of obscure references) you could go with something like “Persephone’s Seeds” or “Mourning Becomes Jocasta”

  8. I would suggest a third option!!! The Dark Succubus. The Succubus was of course a female devil that would kill her male lovers. Just a thought. If not option two. Alan

  9. Personally I don’t like either. technically jury implies more than one person is involved. Assassin implies payment. So I will have to give my own

    “Judgment misguided”

    • That’s nice, too! Thank you! (It’s hard to get much help with what the most appropriate title would be when I can’t reveal the true ending to the story. LOL!) I appreciate your help! 😀

  10. It sounds like an exciting premise. I wrote a short story called, “The Body and the Toaster,” that’s posted on my blog. The fictional back story deals with an unsavory boyfriend and my daughter. It was fun to write … as I’m sure yours will be as well as you get to vicariously dispatch some characters.

    Like Bruce Ruston’s comment above, I would choose a title that doesn’t give away too much. Hitchcock’s “Rear Window,” and Stanley Donen’s “Charade” come to mind. Neither title gives away the story line.

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