Although a fairly short, quick read, this was long enough the plot unfolded and developed with enough intrigue, rather than being rushed – and for that, A.A. Dark must be commended. Similarly, this novella does not end the way you would think; although it is a satisfying ending, it is anything but run-of-the-mill.
As ever with a release under the A.A. Dark name, this is gritty, brutal and gory, though less on the horror side than of her other releases, more into the suspense genre (with added gore, of course).
Where this fell a little flat for me was the lack of character development. As a novella, it is difficult to really delve into the psyches of these characters and ensure they are fully formed, and A.A. Dark does this brilliantly in her 24690 series, but it didn’t quite work this time for me. I found Lucy rather weak and unoriginal, and Boston, although somewhat terrifying and manipulative, didn’t quite feel real enough for my liking, or to make this as effective and shocking as it could have been. Honestly, I just think a slightly longer manuscript would have made all the difference in this respect.
Although satisfyingly original and creepily erotic, Never Far falls short of its promise due to its length and resulting lack of character development, yet remains a must-read for fans of the pitch black genre.