Reprint: 9 May 2013 at 2:38 am
Fetch by Scott Roche
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
While far from edgy or avant garde, Fetch is a remarkable little
story with a number of uncommon observations lurking just beneath the
surface. The story is written from the POV of one reverend Ian, the
parish priest in a small Irish town. In a tone reminiscent of Flannery
O’Connor, he tells his tale in an unaffected manner, while relaying the
most agonizing circumstances and emotional trauma.
Father Ian is approached by a parishioner fearful that a doppelganger
has come to do him harm and asks Father Ian to reconsecrate an old and
disused cemetery in order to insure protection. Father Ian puts the old
man off but is drawn into a supernatural intrigue when he later finds
the old man dead in his own easy chair.
Like O’Connor Roche focuses on the observations of the POV character
painting the world with the broad, surrealist strokes and sparse
description that characterize human recollection, with intermittent
swathes of intense detail that relate the Character’s and possibly
author’s heightened emotions.
It’s a good read and well worth the price of admission.