FREEBOOK FRIDAY: In The Midst
This is a little different from the usual Freebook days—I’ve discovered an awesome website called JukePop.com, which serializes literature. “The Dickens,” you say—It’s true—several genres and options, each released one chapter at a time and the reader votes on who has the best story. And it’s all free!
In the Midst by T K McElhinney is about a park ranger who has a run in with the demonic.
WHY I PICKED IT UP:
It was the most original thing I found on the site. I found a lot of derivative work on Jukepop, but I haven’t seen the whole site; there are enormous amounts of fiction here. I’m sure there are some more diamonds buried in the rough.
WHERE/WHY I STOPPED:
I’m still reading at the beginning of chapter 2. The story starts well with a phone call to the ranger about an exceedingly strange roadkill specimen—a call placed by a family who eats road-kill and won’t go near the thing.
A great hook and a dialogue, character heavy opening. The tension and hooks mount from there.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER, IF ANYTHING:
This is a very minor note: I feel McElhinney has not yet fully found a voice. There’s the beginnings of a voice there, and I like what I’m reading. I still feel like McElhinney hasn’t fully committed to the voice I see developing, and I’d like to see that commitment. Maybe it’ll get better as the story progresses and I do intend to keep reading!
Read In the Midst and check out some of the other stuff on Jukepop, too!
Any other good things on Jukepop? Anything I missed about In the Midst? Leave a comment and let me know!