NEVER TOO LATE by David C. Cassidy
Scott Fisher is a responsible man. He works hard and loves his family. One day he begins to behave in a most unusual manner; buying an expensive car and pricey gifts for his family, planning a family trip without consulting his wife, but what is causing all this impulsiveness? Why is his wife having such a bad feeling about his recent behaviour?
This short story tells the story of an ordinary family, a loving and happy family, preparing for a weekend camping getaway. It’s a little late in the camping season, but the weather is still great and that means they have the campground all to themselves. Canoeing, fishing, a campfire and a night of looking at the stars are the makings of a wonderful day. But something is definitely wrong!
This is the first piece of work I have read by Mr. Cassidy and I must say I was quite impressed with his story telling. For a short story the author managed to make me very quickly care for the characters, which led to anxiety whenever I thought something was about to happen. That was the brilliance in the story telling. I was reading about an ordinary family going through an ordinary day yet at each turn of the page my imagination started to anticipate the worst. Why was he acting irrationally? Was he dying? Did he win a lottery? Had he committed a crime? Was he about to? What exactly was that noise in the woods? When the horror element finally hit in the last few pages it caught me completely off guard.
Well played Mr. Cassidy! Well played!
Was it one, any or all of the above? Sorry! I don’t do spoiler alerts.
I received this book at no charge in an email promotion from the author. He offered a “Free Starter Library” with no obligation of a review. I thought this story was so good it deserved both a review and some promotion. I just received my second book in the library today and am very much looking forward to reading it. There are a few public library books in the queue ahead of it, but I will definitely get to it. I don’t know if promotion is still available, but this is the link if you want to check it out.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR (from his website)
Award-winning author David C. Cassidy is the twisted mind behind several best-selling novels of horror and suspense, Velvet Rain, The Dark, and Fosgate’s Game. An author, photographer, and graphic designer—and a half-decent juggler—he spends his writing life creating tales of terror where Bad Things Happen To Good People. Raised by wolves, he grew up with a love of nature, music, science, and history, with thrillers and horror novels feeding the dark side of his seriously disturbed imagination. He talks to his characters, talks often, and most times they listen. But the real fun starts when they tell him to take a hike, and they Open That Door anyway. Idiots.
David lives in Ontario, Canada. From Mozart to Vivaldi, classic jazz to classic rock, he feels naked without his iPod. Suffering from MAD—Multiple Activity Disorder—he divides his time between writing and blogging, photography and Photoshop, reading and rollerblading. An avid amateur astronomer, he loves the night sky, chasing the stars with his telescope. Sometimes he eats.