Initially, although not a bad start, I was a little disappointed with the lack of connection to the characters. However, as this is a short story I carried on reading, hoping that the events of the yowling dogs and what was to ensue would be exciting.
The story begins with Lewis, a guy from New York, taking a break in Colorado. He stays at the Blue Spruce Zen Centre and on booking in he meets the new manager, Marisa Suri. They go hiking, across from the highway, up into the hills and whilst atop Slatetop Mountain they attract a pack of wild dogs from across the woods. These wild dogs chase them and begin to yowl. Whilst there is some action when it dies down it was unclear to me where the story was heading thereon.
The ending of the story did arrive too soon and it would have been nice for the author to elaborate on the main character, Lewis’ feelings and how the yowling dogs affected him thereafter. I felt that the reader is given a snippet of this but not enough. The yowling, wild dogs obviously affected him, as they did most of the town for the night. This left Lewis questioning himself about these wild dogs. It would have been fantastic to read about the answers to these questions and how he would handle them. Maybe a short story sequel would be great to follow on from this.
This short story was free on Amazon for the Kindle at the time of purchase, however I believe it is currently 77p at Amazon UK and $0.99 at Amazon US. I would welcome anyone who would like to spend a few minutes reading this story to go ahead and perhaps mention their take on it as I would welcome a different opinion.
Reviewed by Caroline Barker