Monday, October 22, 2012
The Neighborhood - by Kelli Owen - It starts with a found finger
First, a note on Kelli's sense of humor. If you were to follow Kelli on Twitter, you'd see it all the time. Here, it is evidenced only in the Author's Note: "If any place, person, event or thing exhists that sounds like those included within, it's purely coincidental...unless you are that new couple that moved in down the street, then you might want to take notes."
The Neighborhood is Neillsville, a very small town, something like 400 people. People who know each other or at least know about each other.
This is a story about the kids in Neillsville. It's also about a "finger, then the blood, then Rick---which she personally didn't believe was connected---and then the body proper." For me, the story was reminiscent of Stephen King's Stand By Me. A compliment to both King and Owen, as I found each story charming and disturbing it its own way.
By the time we get to the story's end, there are more than a few unanswered questions, but that's OK. That's just like life. By the time we get to the end, we rarely have all of our questions answered either.
The easiest way to get a copy of The Neighborhood is probably through Amazon.com.