In Review: Watch Me Go

Almost a year ago, I read Mark Wisniewski‘s short story “Straightaway” and was bowled over by how he created white-knuckle tension. Well, have I got good news! That conflict packed tale has grown into a novel titled Watch Me Go and it’s even more hair raising than the original short story.

In “Straightaway” our main character, a young black man from the Bronx, is hauling junk for cash and gets tangled up in the removal of a 55 gallon drum from the crawlspace of house in the middle of nowhere. The premise alone is enough to elevate your blood pressure. Now, enter the extended version, Watch Me Go, and Wisniewski introduces the horse racing culture of upstate New York, and a new character, Jan, whose father was a renown jockey until his early death.

Wisniewski cleverly tangles Jan and Deesh’s story lines together while constantly doing what he does best – upping the stakes. Each character fights for personal freedom, Deesh as a fugitive wanted for murder, and Jan from her father’s mysterious legacy and how the vice grip of his past cinches down on her future. The contents of that barrel is the ribbon that binds both of our characters together. Can Jan help Deesh, a man she’s never met? Is her story enough to free him? Can she escape her family’s tragic history?

Here’s what you can count on: The gun in the room will go off, deception is the currency, and time is running out for everyone. Watch Me Go is available right now, so what are you waiting for? Go get this page-turner. You can thank me later.