And Then This by Kevin Staniec: Riley drives down California, running from a dead girlfriend and suspect circumstances.
Written by Kevin Staniec
Edited by Julianne Berokoff
Published at 1888
Everyone has an opinion about how Leah died. It was a suicide, yet Riley seems to be the only one convinced. Details of Leah’s death were left unanswered, and Riley’s departure was strangely abrupt, but what is it about Riley that has everyone muttering murder? He loved her, and it’s true that he’s running, but not all who run are guilty.
And Then, This threads instability seamlessly throughout the novella, leaving the reader questioning the truth at every turn. From the first apocalyptic images of a burning Southern California to Riley’s surreal journey along the coast, Kevin Staniec surpasses the traditional questions of a murder mystery and asks, “what if?”