Book Review: Savage by Gary Fry

21850420Title: Savage

Author: Gary Fry

Genre: Dark Fiction, Horror, Novella

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 2 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Driving home one day from a conference, Daryl seeks a shortcut through a barren countryside. He chances upon a mysterious village whose residents seem rather odd. But they have something to show him—a creature so strange he can hardly believe it exists.

And that’s only the beginning of Daryl’s problems, as he seeks to escape something far worse than he can ever imagine.

Something utterly horrific and extremely savage.

Savage was a little ‘meh’. I’ve read several of Gary Fry’s novellas before, but this novella…it felt off. Not at lot happened, and the narrative moved slowly – too slow. The things that happened just seemed to go nowhere. Several plot points led to nothing, characters were introduced seemingly without reason.

The plot starts with the main character taking a detour home. He ends up in a strange village, where nothing is as it seems. He walks into a pub to ask for directions, and a young girl walks up to him, and starts asking him strange questions, including if he’s one of the Undisciplined. Then Daryl, the main character, gets dragged along into one of the town’s mysteries.

The book is heavy on atmosphere, but unfortunately, not so heavy on plot. The plot goes nowhere, it drags on, and it doesn’t make a lot of sense. But hey, maybe I just didn’t get it. It’s entirely possible – I felt lost while reading, as if I’d missed some major plot point.

Either way, this book was a bit of a dissapointment. I’d expected more. The writing was all right though.

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