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The Girl in the Video

By: Michael David Wilson
Narrated by: RJ Bayley
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From the creator of This Is Horror comes a new nightmare for the digital age.

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After a teacher receives a weirdly arousing video, his life descends into paranoia and obsession. More videos follow - each containing information no stranger could possibly know. But who's sending them? And what do they want? The answers may destroy everything and everyone he loves.

The Girl in the Video is The Ring meets Fatal Attraction for the iPhone generation.

©2020 Michael David Wilson (P)2020 Michael David Wilson

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Rushed and incomplete but an engaging read

I feel so bad rating this novella only 3 stars. I wanted to love this story. I have always loved the concept of a story based around an internet predator. I love the Japanese setting.: the crowdedness of the city, the lack of privacy in public spaces, and dare I say, the foreignness of the setting makes the protagonist's situation feel even more dire. The villain is genuinely creepy, and there is a lot of creepy imagery throughout the story. I also appreciate that the author chose to make this a novella and not a full-length novel. The story is well-paced, and the concept never wears thin.

This brings me to my biggest criticisms though. Because this story is so short, there is very little character development. There is also a lack of development in the story. Why was our protagonist chosen by the villain? At one point, the protagonist hints at past wrongs, but those are never explored. The ending also lacked the punch it deserved because I never cared about any of the characters. Why not go to the police, especially when a certain item comes into possession of the protagonist? That would have been the more logical choice. In fact, the protagonist was frustrating because he often made poor choices. We needed a greater sense of motivation here. Is this a revenge story? Is this a cautionary tale about how our presence on social media can make us vulnerable to being targeted at random by a cruel stranger?

Criticisms aside, I will definitely check out something else by this author. I just feel like he needs a good editor or a strong group of readers who can encourage him to flesh out his stories a little more. There are good bones here. It is just lacking a little meat.

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