Many authors are limited by style and genre, and when they write outside of their comfort zone the resulting book can feel like a letdown.
Regular readers of this website will be aware of how I feel about Mark West's writing. He is one of those rare breed of horror writers that is capable of wrapping up a horror story within a framework full of heart and soul. His stories have a deep emotional core that elevates them to a whole new level. So what happens when Mark decides to take his writing in a new direction.....
With Drive, we see Mark West making a handbrake turn and shifting lanes from thoughtful horror right into the fast lane of gritty Noir. When David sees Nat alone, late at night, he offers to give her a lift home which she accepts. But, a totally random encounter with a gang of boys will send them on journey through the dark heart of the night.
Drive is a welcome addition to the hard, fast paced genre of british Noir. It is a tightly written novella that goes from 0 - 60 at a breakneck speed. This is a simple yet highly gripping story of a good guy, a dame in distress and gang of nasty bad boys. While the story itself is a simple one of a chase movie, it is lifted to excellence by some fantastic writing. There is a real sense of dread permeating throughout this book. The gang are particularly nasty there is no reason as to why they terrorise David and Nat other than the fact that they can.
Drive takes you for a journey down the darkest alleyways of human savagery.
A fast paced, high tension thriller that delivers on all fronts.