Wurth doesn’t take any easy outs with her main character. In truth, there are no real happy endings for anyone involved, and the ones who do sneak out with some hope do so because they just refuse to stop moving forward.
Angela Jackson-Brown’s novel Drinking from a Bitter Cup is a haunting, desolate story of a young child abandoned in the world. At every page, I wanted to stop reading. But her prose was so effortlessly elegant that I couldn’t.
Here’s what I can tell you: Jared Yates Sexton’s themes largely revolve around the slow death that comes from alcoholism, the wretched crush that comes from poverty, and the emptiness that comes with knowing you can’t do anything about either one of those things.
An asteroid is set to collide with Earth in less than a year, and the world is slowly descending into chaos as the apocalypse nears. As the world falls apart, Det. Henry Palace seeks justice even as the end of the human race looms.
The real payoff, though, comes at the end, which bends the genre in just the right way. After a lifetime of reading science fiction and horror stories, I’m always pleasantly surprised when I “didn’t see it coming.”
Nightlight is a quick story that – at times – taps into the zeitgeist created in shows such as the new Outer Limits or Tales from the Crypt, which built storylines around single revealed deep in the plot.