from away: episode three

Review of ‘From Away: Episode Three’

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Dawn Lesguettes’ saga continues on Mossley Island. The unnamed, unknown threat is still ‘out there’ in the sea, and islanders are going missing—including Dawn who fell off the radar at the conclusion of the second episode of From Away by Deke Mackey, Jr., an eldridtch horror story of an island that has cut itself off from the mainland, and only reluctantly allows visits by those ‘from away.’

Dawn has accompanied her father who is returning after a long absence to oversee building a connecting bridge, which many on the island protest, and in From Away: Episode Three she returns after mysteriously disappearing only to discover that she’s been sleepwalking and has come to a barrier separating the rest of the island from the strange town of Adderpool. In the meantime, Roscoe, one of the island’s watchers, has been kidnapped, and the lives of others on the island are falling apart. The enigmatic ruling Circle is ‘circling the wagons,’ leading to a confrontation with the Watch commander, the eerie nuns continue to march around doing who knows what, and a strange couple is exploring the holes they’ve dug around the island.

Mackey’s psychedelic adventure continues with Dawn finally entering Adderpool and almost ‘meeting’ an unidentified, but menacing ‘someone.’ While this is, like many TV serials, a mostly self-contained episode, with enough action and adventure to satisfy, like the two that came before, it ends on a lollapalooza of a cliff hanger, with another character’s fate unknown. Oh, and we still don’t know for sure what it is that is threatening Mossley Island. Still, it’s an enjoyable read.

I’m giving this one four stars, but the author better identify the threat to the island soon, or his writing ability will not save him from my vengeful rating pencil.