Short Story Review: Wolf Hall by Harper Fox [Audiobook]

 
 
Blackmailed and attacked by his ex who wants his help robbing a store, David flees into the woods where he runs into a strange but beautiful and kind young man who takes him to his home. But the man thinks himself to be a werewolf, and David is intent on staying the night, whether to prove him wrong or to find out the truth.

Short Story Review: Wolf Hall by Harper Fox
Title: Wolf Hall
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Pages: 58
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Review:

I don’t normally love short stories or novelettes (whatever this is technically considered), and I didn’t even really know what this was about when I started it, but this was SO GOOD, and I loved it!

Seriously, the writing was fantastic, kind of beautiful and eloquent but also funny here and there. And it all flowed seamlessly.

The audiobook narration by Tim Gilbert was equally fantastic, so natural-sounding with all the right emotion, and for me as an American, listening to a British narrator was much better than trying and failing to imagine a decent accent in my head. It gave the story an authenticity that it wouldn’t have quite had if I had read it the normal way.

The characterization for all the characters was so good that I felt like I knew each character within mere minutes of meeting them. I liked both David and Lowry, and I immediately felt for David. He was down-to-earth and real, and he brought a grounded-ness to the story, even when things got weird.

There was an air of creepy, surreal supernaturalness to the story for a bit (that eventually became clearer and not-so-creepy), but also a sweet romance, and also a heavier aspect about David’s troubled youth and how it still haunted him.

The sex scene was a bit odd, but safe and consensual, and I loved how David was realistic about it and wanted to make it good for Lowry.

I would’ve liked some closure in the ending. A lot was left hanging, and I’d like to know if these characters get a happy ending or not. But I suppose that’s sometimes the nature of short stories.

Overall, this sucked me in, and I loved the writing, the characters, and the story!

 

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  1. Greg

    Ooh this might have had me at Halloween! Plus this from the blurb

    “The moon is full. Ancient moorland legends are coming to life in its silvery radiance.”

    Wow. that’s what I’m talking about.

    Sounds awesome, and love the cover.

  2. Olivia Roach

    I usually am touch and go with novellas too but I really enjoyed Glitterland: Aftermath which is an extension to a romance novel I read which takes place just after the conclusion of the book. It was so so good. I am glad that this one surprised you with having wonderful characterisation and just being so amazing despite its size :D