Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Wilderness by Dean Koontz
Unusual situation that raises enough questions to keep the reader interested in this short story. As a first-person narrative, we get enough to become curious about this character or the mother, if she is crazy. Nothing is for certain and so the reader reads on.
Most often a first line is not enough to reveal conflict, character, setting, theme, tone, mood etc., and so the writer tries a blend as many of these elements as possible as in the case above. It usually works if there is something odd and out of the ordinary - something extraordinary enough to suggest to readers they are about to take a break from their ordinary life.
Labels: 3.5-star definite pass