Title: Unknown Sender
Author: Ryan Lanz
My rating: 4/5
Jessica’s world revolves around studying at college and affording prepackaged meals, which leaves little time for socializing. In fact, she is quite content without being noticed, which only makes the attention of a mystery texter all the more unwanted.
She isn’t unfamiliar with strange advances, but this is something entirely different. This person knows things about her. Things beyond just an average stalker. Even after all that, Jessica would be much more content to forget than discover who is chasing her, electronically or otherwise. Eventually, she finds out that she can’t outrun her past.
Lanz wastes no time diving into this suspenseful story that never has a dull moment. As someone whose adrenaline pumps in the midst of good storytelling, I was surprised by how pleased I was by the horror genre – a type I am apprehensive to voluntarily take part in, especially in the theaters. Even the cover photo is haunting and the content within certainly reflects that initial feeling. A thoroughly gripping and quick read, I was left speechless wondering what happens next, is there a next for Jessica?
Nearing the conclusion of the written story, I was wanting to know more about Jessica’s past, what has led up to this 2-3 day snapshot of her life and how she found herself in this particular predicament. Probably not going to find the answer, I can only leave it up to my imagination to discern – an aspect of a story I usually exert frustration but for this work, it fits perfectly with the overall thematic elements. The amount of story development covered in a short amount of time is commendable and provides detailed and descriptive visualization, transporting the reader to the undergraduate college days, with contemporary events and vernacular.
The novelette packs a punch and stirs up emotions of what our actions has led us up to and questioning our reality as we know it – or think we do.
Read Unknown Sender if you like the themes of:
- Mental Health