Reviewed by Amber
AUTHOR: Brynn Stein
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 65 Pages
Eric Duncan rolls into a quaint Upstate New York town to sell medical supplies. He doesn’t intend to stay long, but an apparently homeless man whom he keeps running into catches his attention. While passersby ignore the man, Eric can’t leave the situation alone.
Dennis Hayden’s last memory is of hiking in the mountains. He doesn’t know how he ended up in town, nor how he keeps popping up in various places. He walks around aimlessly, trying to recall something as simple as his name. He’s not sure what to think of the stranger he sees repeatedly, and who keeps trying to talk to him.
While meeting a potential client at the hospital, Eric overhears a young lady looking for her brother who went missing several days ago, while hiking. Eric recognizes the picture of Dennis on the flyer and sets out to reunite him with his sister.
Whoa….this was unexpected…and strange but I see the potential. I was not expecting where this book went but I understood it. What was puzzling were the reactions of the characters throughout the story. When Eric realized what was going on with Dennis there was no hesitation, no disbelief. It was like, oh ok….that makes perfect sense, when it did not.
Another thing that was peculiar was the joking around at odd times. I get comic relief under stressful or scary situations but some of the jokes were timed very badly. During situations that would have been more emotional and meaningful if the jokes didn’t happen.
The instalove aspect was also a bit disconcerting. I think the author was going for 2 people having gone through something major and love developing from that. And again, I get that but the delivery was, well in a word, odd. Everything just happened so fast it was really hard to grasp onto any real emotion.
I want to mention again I think this had potential. This had the possibility to be amazing if it were a little longer and the delivery was changed up. It’s still a very intriguing plot and creative.