Three-year old Gabriela plays with her twin brother on a train platform. Blind sax man, Braille the Rail, meets with an old, old friend. The earth rumbles beneath them all: the promise of an approaching locomotive. Now, two mysterious strangers, both of them acting in the interest of an otherworldly sense of duty, will decide their fate over a cup of tea.
Sometimes you just need to read a short story to give you a breath of fresh air, especially after reading a 500+ book. I read Jason McIntyre’s book, Zed (Read Review Here), and really enjoyed it, so I thought I would give this novella a try. And I’m happy to say, it was another excellent read.
I happened to read it on a rainy day as we drove up North for a baby shower, and I can’t think of a more perfect time. The book begins by letting us know that more people die while it’s raining, so this added an extra layer of dread to the story. And the storyline that leaves you hanging and questioning, is about children who have and have not been born, and if they should be able to continue on with their lives, if it will affect many others in ways still unknown.
The one thing that really stood out to me was the pace of this book. For me, right from the start, it felt like I was on a train ride, and it kept going faster and faster. And then when there finally was a subway train scene, that’s when I hit the dark tunnel that let the more obscure, hidden subtext of the book be seen more clearly.
This grim reaper tale not only leaves you thinking, but ends in such a way that you want to read the next book, The Devil’s Right Hand, to see where this all leads.