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on May 09, 2013 :
I enjoyed this story a lot. It's well written, easy to read and compelling from the start. The similarities to a number of popular and classic horror movies do make the story and its eventual conclusion feel familiar, but that doesn't really detract from it greatly -- the story is still good, and the ending entirely fitting.
The familiarity, if anything, simply gives it the feel of reading a short horror film -- and just like many typical horror movies, you see what's going on and where it's going long before the lead character does. That lends the tale a sense of jeopardy that works well, as while you already know several ways the story may end, you'll want to keep reading to find out which ending is the one that the author chose to win out.
Overall, it's the writing that stood out for me. It's concise, clear, and doesn't labour over its points or stumble with repetition. So while the story was familiar, the writing was fresh and appealing. I'm looking forward to reading more by him.
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on May 03, 2013 :
This is an enjoyable little horror tale; a young woman stops for gas at a burger-joint on a lonely bit of highway and gets more than she bargained for. There is a sense of unease early on in the story, and David Blake builds on it, with the reader perhaps knowing what is going on before the protagonist Rochelle does. It reads well, is impeccably written [i've probably spelled impeccably wrong], is easy to read, and seems shorter than its length. I also liked how the author had handled the ending, and there are some very good visuals painted in the words. Very good, well worth a read for horror/serial killer fans.
A bit of criticism; I thought it was all a bit familiar, similar to dozens of movies or serial killer novels. The characters were very well drawn but were stereotypes. It might have been more interesting for the family inside the burger-joint to have seemed normal and bright and helpful; it was all a bit expected. It may be a typical example of the sub-genre, the lonely-highway murderer, but it is a particularly well-done typical example.
Not forgetting the excellent, striking title.
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