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Set in a small, backwoods Pennsylvania town, rookie Kelsie Lee Ray is not a typical police officer. Blending humor and grit, she relies on her often curious analytical powers not only regarding the people and situations around her, but also in the workings of her own mind. This occasionally leads to unforeseen developments. Kelsie pursues a killer tormented by demons he doesn't even know he has. Leaving Aesop-type messages with each of the victims, he begins to believe in his own powers. A capacity he is convinced reaches beyond the species. The path to their eventual meeting is littered with the unexpected. Finally face to face, Kelsie finds the moral to the story isn't always what one would imagine.
Plot/Idea: 2 out of 10
Originality: 2 out of 10
Prose: 2 out of 10
Character/Execution: 2 out of 10
Overall: 2.00 out of 10


Despite the introduction of a mystical element, there’s nothing really new in this thriller about a small-town cop trying to prove herself. Kelsie Lee Ray chose to work in the small town of Ridge Haven because of its lack of scary crimes, but is out of luck when a serial murderer dubbed the Fable Killer begins to strike. Few cliches are left unused, including sections from the killer’s perspective as he targets the attractive officer. Additionally, labored prose and underdeveloped characters work to take readers out of the story.

Date Submitted: June 06, 2016