I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
What happens when you're talking to a friend, look up, and realize you've lost your daughter in the middle of a Halloween crowd? Well, this story explores that question, and isn't shy about delving into a parents fear for their child, the brutal things that can happen to children, and how far a parent will go to defend a child.
Even when it's not graphic, it can be disturbing. If you can't bear reading about bad things happening to a child, then this can be a trigger in this story. If you're willing to go along with the premise that sometimes these things do happen, and if you can stomach where this story goes, it's a tale that ends on an oddly hopeful note that I didn't see coming even when, y'know, I knew it was coming.
I'm not that fond of children and I was moved.
One half star off because I noticed a couple errors, but I'm in a Starbucks now. If people want to know what they are, I'll post them later.
Also, this took me two days only because I didn't have that much reading time, and still don't. And I was working on TF Classics for a bit last night, too. I finished this story this morning but didn't have a chance to write the review until now. We ducked into a Starbucks for the AC and because, damn, it's hot out there.