Rating: 2.75 stars out of 5
Christmas is only a few days away. New Year’s Eve, with all its terminal finality, would, thankfully, bring an end to Daniel Sherman’s traumatic, pain-filled, empty year. Its seem like an appropriate time to bring everything in his world to a close. Spirit broken, Daniel’s plan is to enjoy maybe his last holiday in the icy cold of his beloved wilderness. It would be a comfort to end his days wrapped in the peace and solitude of the mountain — If only he didn’t feel like he was being watched, a feeling he’d had since his accident. Maybe adventure wasn’t out of his life yet.
Honestly, Baumbach has a huge agenda for this story and at 37 pages, that’s just too short to give the reader all the backstory, full characterizations, and structure I thought it needed. The characters, Daniel had a nice feel but needed more depth. What happened to Daniel exactly? And why now? For me I was sort of confused about elements that seem to come out of left field (no, I can’t explain without huge spoilers here). But it just felt that the characters didn’t have enough development or backhistory for the surprises that got dumped on us (and Daniel).
Perhaps less sex and more groundwork. But I didn’t really feel any spark between these two or magic in the story. And without laying any of the universe building, I just felt left out in the cold at the end. Really surprising for a Laura Baumbach story for me.
Cover art is sweet ahd sort of matches the story.
Kindle Edition, 37 pages
Published December 21st 2017 by MLR Press