Short Reviews: RJ Sullivan’s Haunting Blue

Haunting Blue by RJ Sullivan

Fiona (“Blue”)–against her wishes–moves with her mother to a small Indiana town. At first, it seems that all Blue has to look forward to is the day she’ll become a legal adult and can move back out, but then she is drawn into an exploration of a dark incident in the town’s past–and attracts the attention of a restless spirit with unfinished business.

RJ Sullivan takes the time to develop his characters, investing them with depth, secrets, and real emotion. Third-person scenes within the overall first-person narrative develop the driving incident from the past, and what seems to be a straightforward path toward the intersection of the two takes several surprising twists into dark and dangerous territory. Solid storytelling, clear and evocative prose, and compelling characters make this a memorable read, one I very much enjoyed.

Gary W. Olson is the author of the dark fantasy novel Brutal Light and several previously published and forthcoming short stories. He can be found via his website, his blog A Taste of Strange, as @gwox on Twitter, and in many other far-flung places on the Intertubes. He lives under your bed.

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