I read this all in one sitting, compelled by David’s personal struggles with his family and sexual identity, and the quest to learn of the mysterious creature lurking in the canal. Well-crafted dialogue and strong characters made this novella feel real and gritty, I commend the author for capturing the internal and external conflicts so well. Epilogue is also effective as we come to realize (SPOILER ALERT) that David’s work is only just beginning, and the canals may be host to further terrors. My only suggestion would be for David to feel just a bit more sustained sadness over Tom’s death. Given how transformative Tom’s presence was to David, I expected just a few extra lines of remorse in the closing chapter before he begins to explore further instances of unusual canal deaths. But overall, this was a highly engrossing read.
Read the story now