Series: Part of Arresting Developments anthology, has a sequel also: The Parting Glass
Author: Josh Lanyon
Length: Short Story (37 pages)
Publisher: JustJoshin (January 28th, 2011)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: (Part of Arresting Developments anthology)
In a dark, dark wood there was a dark, dark house…
Camping in the Jersey Pine Barrens may literally turn out to be a first date from hell for travel writer Tim and the cute cop who persuades him to revisit a past that Tim has done his best to forget.
Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/In-a-Dark-Wood-ebook/dp/B004LGS79U
Review: I like how this short story flashes around in time, and while it’s a horror story about a serial killer in the woods, it’s also about darker, scarier things like alcoholism and codependency. And oh yes, a very harsh first date between detective Luke O’Brien and Tim the travel writer. There is plenty of action, suspense, and viable characters. One of the very reasons Lanyon is among my favorite authors is this added layer to his characters, they are flawed, they are believable, and there is always some bit of dark undertone to them. Great read, short, dark and a bit gritty…be sure to add The Parting Glass to your list, it fits this book tongue in groove.