Review: The Stop

  • Title:
    • The Stop
  • Author:
    • W. Dale Jordan
  • Release:
    • October 31, 2021
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator:
    • Kenneth Fuentes

This novella had me feeling mixed emotions at first. I was sad at first, thinking of all the brutality and bullshit gay men had to put up with followed immediately by shock.

The Stop feels as much like a murder mystery as a suspenseful thrill ride as Donnie tries to find the man who murdered his lover. The author’s note at the end about people wishing it was longer doesn’t really make sense to me. It gets in, tells the story it needs to tell, and doesn’t overstay its welcum or needlessly pad out the story.

In a world where people have tried to be more inclusive; I think most people forget or just don’t know how brutal the recent past was. I think this novella does a great job of showing things as they were. It doesn’t sugarcoat it or make it seem less violent and terrifying than it was.

The narrator is extremely emotive and does an excellent job at breathing life into the characters. The audio is clean and clear and doesn’t feature any repeated dialogue or other background noises.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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