guest post by Jenn W.
Every Part of the Animal
Sub-genre: gorey awesomeness
Serial or stand alone: stand alone
Setting: Canadian Mountains
Characters: Bo, a single mother; Caleb, Bo’s 10 year-old son
Synopsis: Bo is a single-mother working hard to survive in the harsh and unforgiving mountains of Canada. Since the disappearance of her son Caleb’s father, she has managed to provide everything she and her son need to live, even if that means hunting and killing animals. Bo’s life seems to be going as planned until an interruption from a big-city, animal-loving music star threatens to destroy the safety and way of life she has worked so hard to build. Bo has to decide if there are limits to what she will do to protect her life and her son.
Thoughts: Duncan Ralston does not disappoint. The story is simple but the characters and plot are surprising and complex. As a mother, I can related to Bo’s need to protect her son and her way of life. Limits cannot be placed on a mother’s instinctive desire to love and sacrifice for her children, but circumstances may create a situation where doing what is right becomes confusing. I empathize with Bo as she tries to protect her family and her privacy. I also cringe at the reality of life, but revel in the gruesome horror of how one decision may change everything. Duncan Ralston holds nothing back.
About the author: In addition to Every Part of the Animal, Duncan has also published the collections Gristle & Bone and Sweat & Blood. His first full length novel, Salvage, was released in 2015. He is one of the creative madmen behind the indie publisher, Shadow Works Publishing. He lives in Toronto with his girlfriend and dog.
About Jenn W: She’s a reader spanning the genre-globe, an NP (nurse practitioner for those unaware), and mother of two. She loves a good story, but great ones are even more awesome.