GONE – By Adam Croft
I have mixed feelings about this short story. I decided to give it a read on a lunch break at work, and it’s really left me thinking, wondering, not only about what might happen next but as what I’ve just read in general. The narrative structure is built up and achieved beautifully and it is written well as we begin to construct this idea in our head about the protagonist, Stephen’s, life. His girlfriend isn’t there one day when he gets home from work, and he begins to panic. This isn’t like her. He knows her. And yet as the story unravels and the police look deeper into the case, more and more strange occurrences begin to crop up to the point you have no choice but to question even your own sanity.
And then the big reveal comes, and while it was a clever idea, it left me feeling kind of flat. It was just kind of over, just like that, in the blink of an eye, without much of an explanation. The story started out with definite promise, but I’m still undecided on whether I actually liked it or not. The sense of intrigue certainly kept me reading, that’s for sure, but the twist is such an alien concept to me that I felt it was too rushed, not quite giving me enough chance to properly reflect. I don’t know, maybe that’s the point and I’m just missing it completely… It’s certainly an interesting one.