Title: The One In Light
Author: J. D. Stonebridge
Where to get: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E6RHBEK
The writing took me a little to settle into since it felt a little stilted. However the slightly stilted language also worked for the setting and the character’s mindset. It would not have been as convincing if the writing in the first chapter were smoother given the history of the character. One would expect things to seem a little fractured also given how we come into this story with a missing woman. The initial difficulty could also have been the result of a sick child in the household interrupting my immersion. Either way, certainly no points lost in my mental reckoning. This also smoothes out later
Then we find the connections to the unexplainable things that most of society would rather avoid thinking about too deeply. Aliens, supernatural? And yet it seems to have some sort of scientific weight behind this mysterious discovery. We then follow the missing girl’s boyfriend and brother to discover a young woman that has lost a sibling of her own.
The pacing of this story seemed about right to me, and the level of detail was brief but not in a detracting manner. It moves you along, following the frustration that a worried brother or boyfriend would feel. This is not the story you want if you want to be leisurely steeped in description. This is an unapologetic thriller. If you have some uninterrupted time then you will get through this quickly. I wish it had been longer. Even with all of the unexpected interruptions I managed to finish in less than a day. I normally read longer works, and this left off at a rather harsh (to me) cliffhanger so I am very glad that this is the first in a series. It reminds me of the serial novels that were released around the same time when I was young by Steven King (Green Mile) and John Saul (Blackstone Chronicles if memory serves). Short, fast reads for those with time constraints. I hesitate to call this a novel, and it even seems a little short to call a novella. I would call it more of an installment of a novel, which is not a bad thing at all. Just different and not a format I often read in other than a few for internet authors that I follow. I plan to read the next of this series as soon as possible. Certainly an enjoyable way to pass the time, and cliffhangers drive me nuts.
I am curious about the mysterious stone and what role it will have in the future parts of the story. I am expecting it to be an artifact that has heavy influence on all parts of the tale.
Regarding technical details of the book itself I found very few typos to trip me. What I did find I believe to be mere stylistic matters. Plot progression so far I cannot say much about, I believe I will have to read a few books in before I can start to form any idea on whether there are any unexpected twists or anything like that, which Amazon sometimes asks about.