Two young couples spice up their camping trip with a game of Truth-or-Dare. It was supposed to be all in good fun, but Bill and Paige didn't know about their spouses' repressed feelings for each other.
Very brief, with a nice concept, though the midstream POV shift threw me off. Perhaps a section break was in order, though it might be too short of a piece for that. Watch out for passive descriptions in the opening paragraphs.
I really like this story, but maybe my perspective is skewed by that affair I had a couple of years ago. I found myself wondering how the confrontation in the opening scene came about, but not so intensely that I couldn't enjoy the gritty taste of it in my mouth.
Great characters and buildup, tapping into how crappy kids are to each other and fears of critters. I wasn't too crazy about half the story centering on Katarina and half on Brendan, and there were a few typos, such as 'breath' where 'breathe' was intended. I think a leaner, 3500-word version would do the trick more effectively, but overall I enjoyed reading it--most importantly, I finished!
I had a hard enough time putting it down that I got it read in a day... Alternatively gritty and humorous. Made construction seem more interesting than I thought it would be. I like how the bad guy is not necessarily evil, but someone who is a bit of a jerk that makes bad decisions any of us could make if they feel threatened.
I don't know if I buy the whole courtroom surprise in the middle, but he's past it so fast and on to the consequences that it didn't bother me. I also would have liked for him to get more into Carl's days as a musician--he lifted the cover of the box for a peek but didn't throw it all the way open.
Overall, a good, quick read as far as novels go--though I normally like a little more sex and drugs with my rock n' roll.