Straight On ‘Til Morning
By Christopher Golden
Published by Haverhill House Publishing
A River City Writers Production
In a dark fantasy tale based on Peter Pan, young Kevin Murphy confesses his secret love to his longtime crush, Nikki, but when Nikki mysteriously vanishes, Kevin and his friends set out to find her and rescue her from a neverland from which they may never return.
Praise for Straight On ‘Til Morning:
“Straight on ’til Morning, the latest novel from some-time Buffy the Vampire Slayer author Chris Golden is easily his most personal and gripping work to date. Fully the first half of this novel is time well spent getting familiar with the characters. People it feels like the author knew growing up. Don’t mistake that for a slow start though folks. It IS time well spent. There’s enough story here to last a trilogy, or at least a real page-turner of a serial.
Golden captures the teenage feelings of displacement and misplaced love that everyone went through and wraps it up nicely in the 1980s, a period I am intimately familiar with. The music is represented, as is a relatively new phenomena of the time, the single parent household. The characters here will ring true to anyone that grew up at any time during the “me” decade.
The main theme seems to be a loss of innocence. These young people are already smoking cigarettes, drinking beer and (some) are experimenting with the odd light narcotic substance, but it is all in a well-protected environment. It all happens in parent’s basements, on decks and in backyards until a band of new, slightly older kids come to town. At this point the young folks learn that the world doesn’t always offer beds to hide under and blankets to pull over one’s head.
It is skillfully written and builds to a climax that only Chris Golden could have envisioned. I actually finished the last hundred and fifty pages in one sitting, late at night without a yawn because it was so gripping. Fans of his Shadow Saga and Buffy’s Pretty Maids will know why. Very few people out there can write epic battles the way Chris Golden does.”
— Stephen Cords
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