OUT BEHIND THE BARN is one of those reads that you don't see coming. It's different than anything I've read from Chad Lutze. This is my first time reading John Boden. His writing is solid, which can only mean one thing... I'm going to give his other work a go. I love finding new authors to read. It's the best feeling in the world, besides reading a good book, and OUT BEHIND THE BARN doesn't disappoint.
OUT BEHIND THE BARN is a short novella. John Boden and Chad Lutzke smoothly collaborate on this harrowing tale of life and death. The two authors write some compelling prose. The characters make the story. The characters are three-dimensional. The authors drop tiny hints along the way to their pulse-pounding conclusion. I was completely invested in the characters. The ending catches you by surprise, leaving you gutted, yet satisfied.
My only complaint with OUT BEHIND THE BARN is not getting a certain character's perspective. I just wanted one more chapter to explore Maggie. Who knows, maybe the two authors will revisit this one in the future. If nothing else, I would like to read another collaboration by Boden and Lutzke.
If you haven't read Lutzke and Boden, then this is a good starting point. They write with heart and empathy–two characteristics that make great authors.