My #Review of #Fugue by J. Joseph Wright @jjosephwright, a novelette
Fugue is a freaky little story by J. Joseph Wright. The setting is an old Victorian house in Portland, Oregon, that has been made into apartments. The main character of the story, Paul Smith, has just moved in and while he hasn’t met his neighbors face-to-face, he has heard plenty from them through the walls.
Paul’s back story is a mystery. He suffers from memory loss and while the author mentions his time in a hospital and his recent loss of memory, the rest of his back story doesn’t unfold until the end. It’s an enticing storytelling aspect.
On the fourth night, suspense begins to build as Paul begins to feel uneasy in his apartment and begins to have a recurring dream in which he is trapped in a dark, musty place fighting for freedom. He starts to become intrigued by the muted conversations of his neighbors and the occasional female laughter, and concerned when he hears arguing or loud bangs. It is slowly through the story he falls in love with the mystery neighbor and becomes very concerned for her health and well-being.
Using descriptions of scents and feelings he portrays an escalating dread and anticipation as Paul listens in on his neighbors and tries to remember his past. I won’t spoil the end for you, but I will say that J. Joseph Wright told an interesting story with a proper amount of build-up to an exciting ending.