The Guide by Kenneth G. Bennett

The Guide by Kenneth G. Bennett
Publisher: Booktrope
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (23 pages)
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

The parents of a missing child hire a guide to accompany them on a hike
in Olympic National Park, in hopes of finding healing and closure. But the journey raises more questions than it answers.

Time heals many wounds, but it can’t mend all of them.

As much as I was intrigued by the beginning, the ending of this story is what really made me like it. I tried to slow down and savor the last few scenes because I was having such a good time following the Wagner family on their memorial hike, but the closer we came to the conclusion the stronger my curiosity grew about how it would all be tied up. It was a satisfying ending, although it also made me wish for a sequel! There is definitely room for one here if the author decides to write it.

There’s a twist in this tale that I figured out almost immediately. It was well done and fit into the plot nicely, but I would have preferred to have fewer clues about what was happening. This is the sort of thing that works best for me when I don’t know what’s going on until the last possible moment. One or two hints were all that was really needed.

With that being said, Mr. Bennett has a hypnotically smooth writing style that has captured my attention. I will be keeping an eye out for future books from him as I really enjoyed becoming immersed in this universe for the short time I was introduced to it. There’s definitely something to be said for science fiction that’s set in what appears to be a completely ordinary place and time.

I’d recommend The Guide to anyone who has ever let their imagination run wild while out on a hike.


  1. Christina Boyd says:

    Great review! Thanks so much.

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