- File Size: 591 KB
- Print Length: 298 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1509207813
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (May 27, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 27, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01E2UPJKO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,382,944 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Ravine (The Black Dog Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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So begins Mary Coley's The Ravine. Set in a bucolic, wooded neighborhood on the edge of a major city, Katy's family and their neighbors live in houses with pretty facades, but those in these dwellings this night face crises of their own. Readers wonder whether Katy's predicament will result in tragedy or salvation.
Coley creates a tale strung with suspense and sympathetic characters, albeit people mostly preoccupied with their own lives and troubles. She masterfully captures both the ennui and quiet desperation of suburban life.
The Ravine is the first novel in the Black Dog series. I wait ready for the second one.
Ms. Coley writes good solid stories of relationships, expectations, and life and death. The black dog almost has to be a ghost, but it’s a real dog in this story. Somehow she talks you into believing it.
Katy decides to go home instead of going with her girlfriend’s family to the lake. She wants to be with her new dog. When she hears a dog barking, she thinks it might be Moe, so she takes the path to the ravine. When she loses her balance on the wet leaves, she falls. It hurt but she’ll just get back up to the top of the path and go home. No, she won’t. She has a broken leg and can’t move at all. The only one who hears her is the dog.
There’s family trauma all through the neighborhood. Katy’s mother finds out her husband is making a date with one of his students. The veteran in the neighborhood gets mad at his wife and she leaves him. The old couple on the other side are disrupted by the wife’s heart attack. As everyone tries to deal with their problems, no one pays attention to the black dog that tries to get them to follow him.
This is more a tale of relationships and life history than it is the tale of a lost girl. Each situation was unique and they had to work their problems their own way. It isn’t until the weekend is almost over that they realize the child got lost on the way home and is missing.
There were some over-the-top incidents that were a bit unbelievable but they made the story exciting. This story demonstrates that for every action, there’s a reaction. Reading this story made me examine my life. Maybe it will do the same to you.
originally posted at long and short reviews