Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Review: The Detained

The Detained The Detained by Kristopher Triana
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When four people show up to their twenty year high school reunion, they find they're the only ones there apart from Coach Dixon and the gym is set up for detention, not a party. What binds Phoebe, Champ, Tyler, Sandy and the Coach together? And will they survive it?

Class reunions are awkward enough, what with having to socialize with people you didn't like decades ago. Imagine being trapped at one and being unable to leave? Even without the prospect of impending murder, that's a frightful proposition.

The Detained is the story of lingering guilt over the suicide of a classmate. If you want a lazy description, it's Poltergeist meats The Breakfast Club. What happens to The Brain, The Bad Boy, the Jock, and The Cheerleader after they've been carrying around guilt for twenty years and it's time to pay the piper?

Things start simply enough. People show up, get locked in, and then creepy turns to bloody. Will anyone emerge from the meat grinder unscathed?

That's pretty much all I want to divulge. The Detained is a powerful little novella and I'm glad I took Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing up on it. Four out of five stars.

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