McMahon has a fine ear for dialogue and characterizations. Clarke and his girlfriend, while borderline sociopaths with brutal pasts, have a humanness that is quite believable. Their concern for their unborn child is remarkably normal. When the “bad guys” are talking, there is nothing forced or over the top. The dialogue rings true – in a manner that you would think a group of people with antisocial personality disorder would speak. I actually found myself caring for safety of all of the characters – McMahon is that good in generating empathy.
The pace of this novella is quite swift, and the author has you turning the pages wondering about the outcome. As the supernatural elements take over, the sense of danger escalates and you are at the mercy of the author’s narrative ability. And the ending – well, it had a nifty surprise twist. Overall, a great tale.