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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
The Labyrinth by Steven Arnett begins on a rainy night when Jeremy Wright, Sheriff of Wells River, New Hampshire is called to the scene of a car accident at three in the morning. A local man has been hit while walking down the road. The victim is John Jones, a man no one knew anything about. He had moved to the town fairly recently and kept to himself. Going to the lonely cabin to find something to confirm the identity of the victim, Sheriff Wright finds nothing but a manuscript. He takes it home to read, hoping that it will give him a clue to John Jones's identity. The manuscript is where the real story lies. John Jones has a secret that he has allowed to shape and form his life. He writes his story down to help him get a perspective, or so he says in the opening of his manuscript. Is it his personal story or is he an author and is this manuscript something he has created? Will Sheriff Jeremy Wright discover who he is and what he was doing in Wells River?
The Labyrinth by Steven Arnett is a fiction story with a twist. It is the story of a man who never allows himself to fully commit to anything or anyone in his life. He drifts through life, going from one relationship to the next. He never becomes attached to the person he is with. Before too much time has passed, he is moving on to another place and another girl. His fear and guilt have bound him to a life of transience, which in my opinion was a tragedy. This story captures the drugs and sex scene of the seventies and I only recommend it to very mature readers over eighteen.