Behind the Wall: A Short Story, by Harris Kloe

Eight stars

First and foremost, a large thank you to Harris Kloe for providing me with a copy of this short story, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review. Feel free to check out the book here:

After a long day of travelling, Henry wanted a nice place to lay his head, choosing the penthouse suite of the Hill View Hotel. After a short bit of banter with the clerk, Henry is shown his room and wished a good stay. While the room is all he could have asked for, one of the walls seems out of place, a mental irritant that Henry cannot shake. Henry settles in and is soon fast asleep, but hears an odd dripping sound, something he cannot place.

After finding the clerk in the morning, Henry relays his concern and is told that it will be handled as soon as possible. However, when taken a short nap later that day, Henry hears the sound again, which precedes an even more disturbing realisation. The misplaced wall is soon the least of Henry’s worries, as he discovers something much more troubling.

Harris Kloe asked me to read this short piece, a story that took me a mere fifteen minutes to finish. The story flowed well and kept me intrigued until the final page, when everything came together. I was impressed with the writing, the plot, and even the story’s development. As this was the first in the collection, I am eager to see what Kloe has next for readers and how walls play a role throughout.

Kudos, Mr. Kloe, for leaving me curious and impressed as well. I am eager to see what the rest of the short story collection has to offer.

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