It Runs at Night

Danny Perez
"Can't wait for part 2!" ( Amazon Reviews ) is the buzz for L. Danny Perez's debut short story about a girl who's lost her way while searching for her missing brother. But that's not her only problem, something is following her and it hides itself in the dark... "Suddenly, I hear a low gurgling behind me, but still, at a distance. I quickly turn around, but all I see is the dry flat landscape. I realize that I'm short on breath. I feel anxious. The same anxiety I feel when I turn off the lights in a room and sense this weird prickling on my back, anticipating something to come from behind and pull me into the darkness." After her brother Federico goes missing, Lolita embarks on a lonely journey through the valleys of Mexico to find him and earn her family's forgiveness. Deep into the valley she loses her way and soon realizes that she is not alone. As day turns into night, Lolita becomes more certain of what she must do to stay alive and find her brother. Does she have what it takes to survive the darkness?

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Reviewed: 2020-06-05

The best description for this book/series in 10 words or less:

"Girl risks everything for the love for her brother." 

 

I really enjoyed the writing style of this short story. It's very similar to the way I write when I write fictional pieces. The style of the writing is engaging and makes the book easy and it seems like it goes so fast when you read it. I wish it was longer because it felt so short, but that's also because it's a short story. I knew what I signed up for, but by the end of it, it made me beg for more.

I love Lolita's character. She has a strong sense of responsibility which allows her to be brave. You're able to empathize with her, especially if you (the reader) have a younger sibling. You get in her head and understand her reactions to everything a lot better. The only thing that really bothered me is that everyone put the blame of Federico's absence on Lolita even though she is only a child herself. This is what forces/pushes her to go and save her brother.

I enjoyed the use of Spanish in both language and culture because I have some knowledge of both and understood the Spanish words used and the events that were mentioned.

I also thought the use of the whispering voice was interesting and mysterious, which makes me wonder who or what is that voice.

 

Refer to my blog for a different view of this review:

https://axarr.blogspot.com/2016/05/review-wednesday-it-runs-at-night-by-l.html

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