My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Just when you think you’ve seen everything that can be done with werewolves, along comes this tightly written, thrilling, and thematically surprising novella. In the guise of a siege novel, in which a small town jail is under attack from once-human monsters, Thomas explores what it means to have a secret life, to have to keep your urges hidden from everyone but yourself, and to face what’s inside that you don’t want others to see. This is a remarkably thoughtful and mature novella, one it would be a mistake to write off as just another werewolf story. Thomas brings his A-game to everything he writes and always manages to coax something deeper out of the material. TORN is a perfect example of this, and a great place to start if you’re unfamiliar with his work.