For a short story, Ellen Ashe captures and wrestles with the dark side of human emotion very well. A young woman wrestling with her demons searches for peace on a weekend away in the woods only to find another soul tormented there as well. Searching through her inner angst, Lola finds peace in the arms of an unexpected source.
The sex is well placed, romantic, yet steamy. Ellen Ashe's writing blurs the line between reality and the subconscious extremely well, as only one who is familiar with the Other can. I was so pleased to finally read something from the UK! I appreciate the perfect grammar and punctuation. It was an excellent, thrilling short story.
Every cry for help is heard even when no one is there.
Uncontrollable events and too many bad decisions have pushed Lola to the brink of self-destruction. To help break away from her depression she rents an isolated picturesque cottage, to rest, meditate, and explore a new passion- art. It is a valiant effort to start life again.
But she isn't alone in her misery. A shadow moves, a voice calls, a hand reaches for her from beyond. She has awakened another, a dark unearthly man, whose tortured existence is wracked with pain.
Barriers of time and space crack as their empathy and their passions explode. Once promises are made, however, she discovers just how horrifying her circumstances have become.
Misery loves company, especially when reality dissolves.