BOOK TOUR REVIEW: The Landfill by Kevin Hopson
by Kevin Hopson
Horror Short Story
Billy, a high school senior, has lost a lot in the past year, including his younger sister, Sara. Billy lacks excitement and purpose in life until his curiosity takes him and his best friend, Connor, to an old, abandoned landfill along the river. Connor would rather forget the experience, but Billy can’t help but feel invigorated by their findings. Taking it upon himself to uncover the mystery, Billy finds his life coming full circle – but is that a good or bad thing?
MY THOUGHTS: 3.5 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
This is a very easily readable short story that I quickly got into and finished. There’s really not much I can say in a review about a story of this genre without giving anything away. Billy is really a nice kid and you do feel for him and all the loss he has suffered at such a young age. In his household, you get the sense that Billy and his Dad are two people trying their best to pick up the pieces but will never be able to set them right again. Though this was a short read, the author does a nice job of humanizing the characters and building a level of suspense.
I am rating it 3 stars because, while the twist ending was unique and absolutely unexpected, I’m not exactly sure what happened in the last couple of paragraphs. I appreciate the author coming up with such a cool story, just for me I would have liked to see it wrapped up in not such a rushed fashion.
About the Author
Prior to hitting the fiction scene in 2009, Kevin Hopson was a freelance writer for several years, covering everything from finance to sports. His debut work, World of Ash, was released by MuseItUp Publishing in the fall of 2010. Kevin has released several other books through MuseItUp since then, and he has also been published in various magazines and anthology books. Kevin’s writing covers many genres, including dark fiction and horror, science fiction, and crime fiction.
His latest book is The Landfill.
You can visit Kevin’s blog at www.kevin-hopson.blogspot.com.
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Thank you for taking the time to read and review my story. To answer your question, the last two paragraphs show how Sara and Megan are connected. There are several clues in the first half of the story that foreshadow what happens in the end, which most readers seem to pick up on. I won’t spoil it here, but if you need me to clarify, feel free to shoot me an email. Thanks again. 🙂
Thanks for your comment Kevin!! The feeling that I had missed out on something was really bothering me. I will have to give the story a reread, and then I’m sure I’ll be smacking myself when I finally get it.