Review of Darkness Lay Ahead

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Darkness Lay AheadDarkness Lay Ahead by Baheya Zeitoun
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Baheya Zeitoun writes with a lyrical ear, like poetry or song. The story itself seems unstructured, as if the author took a few diary entries and transformed them from first into third person. There is no “real time” action or dialog. The prose simply dances along, well-crafted and simple. At first, the lack of specificity struck me as odd, had me thinking, “when is the story going to start?” In reading, I relaxed a bit and enjoyed the deep emotional wanderings of this unknown and unexplained heroine. There is one section break in the work, seeming to separate a vague problem from a vague solution, but it is unnecessary. The whole story, from start to finish, is a character sketch, or at most, an origin story. What gets me is the voice, the word choice, and its air of melancholy. She has a mellow voice, despite a story which is at its heart is quite despairing.

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Victor A. Davis has always loved reading and writing short stories. He is an avid hiker and even when away from the world of laptops and wifi, keeps a pocket paperback and a handwritten journal to keep him company on trail. He is the author of two short story collections, Grains of Sand and The Gingerbread Collection. Join his Mailing List for special announcements about upcoming works.