Come and Take My Hand by Brennan LaFaro is a quick and brutal quasi-prequel to the novel, Noose. If you want a quick peek into the darkness that Brennan serves up in the full-length tale, you gotta try this out.
Let’s dive in to my quick review!
My Thoughts on Come and Take My Hand by Brennan LaFaro
George Holcomb is a kid that dreads blowing out the candle at the end of the day. But he isn’t afraid of the dark. He’s got monsters that attack in the bright light of day that fill him with plenty of terror. But when a girl that scratches at his window every night finally speaks to him, he gets a bit of a shock.
My goodness, what an awesome introduction to George and Merella! As I had read this short story after reading Noose, I thought it was such an awesome treat to get to see where things began with these two. This one could definitely be read before the full length novel though if you wanted to start here!
My Favorite Passages from Come and Take My Hand
Janie crossed her arms and fixed her gaze deeper than George’s eyes. He got the feeling she could study the back of his skull if she so desired.
The aftermath of discipline wasn’t something they ever talked about, but seeing Mama like that only stoked fire in George’s belly. For now, he had it under control, but too much fuel and it threatened to escape its confines and set the world aflame.
George and Merella ambled across the packed sand, conversing in stolen glances and flickering smiles that said everything.
Maybe it finally happened. Maybe the bastard drank himself to death.
George allowed himself a hint of relief at the thought, but dismissed it just as quickly. It was too easy. When a knight arrived to fight a dragon, he never found the dragon dead in the cave, having choked on a cow bone. No, monsters required slaying. If the world took care of them in the first place, George wouldn’t have spent his first eleven years living in fear.
My Final Thoughts on Come and Take My Hand
This brutal short story is sure to have you ready to reach through the pages to help George find his bravery and give him some comfort. The dark scenes here will leave a scar on readers that match George’s. This poor kid…