5 out of 5 stars
If you’re unfamiliar with serialized fiction – it’s the idea that you take a story and separate it out into episodes – like a TV show. These are usually released on a website or as a podcast. I’ll be reviewing each episode separately as they come out to provide an episode by episode review of the story. Check out my review of Episode One.
Some of my reviews may contain spoilers to past episodes – I’ll try and keep that to a minimum but I can’t guarantee anything.
Episode two starts where the first left off, in the woods, injured, and calling for help. They have seen lights and they are trying to get them to come closer to help them. Ted is so relieved that help is on the way that he falls asleep.
We’re then introduced to a little more about the couple as Ted dreams. When he awakens he finds that the lights are gone. According to his wife, they just went “poof”.
Throughout the episode, we keep flashing back to older times. Good and bad. Definitely telling the story of who they are and why they act and react the way that they do.
When we get back to the forest it’s the second or third time we’re reminded that things aren’t as they should be. It’s after 8 and it’s still not light. Animals are approaching them, and then they’re not. I won’t go into why, but we’re then “introduced” to some other figures. Figures, I assume will play in the suspense and horror of the woods around Pine Lakes.
Another episode and another really well-written finishing sentence.
The overall feel and vibe of this one was suspenseful and kept me on the edge of my seat. I enjoyed it and I definitely can’t wait to hear more.
The episode finishes with such a bombshell. It definitely has me wanting more. Check out the episode here.
Pine Lakes Episode Two by Christopher Motz
Narrator: Joe Hempel
Length: 28 mins
Series: Pine Lakes #2
Published by Serial Audio on January 15th 2018
Genres: Horror, Suspense
Ted and Susan Merchant have been coming to the Pine Lakes Resort for nearly twenty years. In that time, their annual getaway has become a tradition, a peaceful week nestled in the picturesque mountains of northern Pennsylvania. For them, it isn’t just a simple vacation spot, but a magical destination where time slows and they become one with nature’s magnificence.
When a freak summer storm forces Ted to lose control of their car and plummet off the road, they’re relieved just to have survived, but relief quickly turns to dread as they find out all too soon they’re not alone.
Strange lights in the forest, whispered warnings, the insurmountable threat of unseen forces lurking in the shadows; nothing could have prepared them for the horrors that lie ahead.
Escaping the wreck is just the beginning.
Is their love enough to save them, or will they become the latest victims on the road to Pine Lakes?